EDF Orchestra could be transferred to city authority

Mayor of Tallinn Mihhail Kõlvart announced that Estonian Defense Forces (EDF) orchestra could be transferred to Tallinn city authorities’ remit.

Mayor Kõlvart said: “We discussed with colleagues and are ready to propose to bring the EDF orchestra under Tallinn’s cultural institutions from September, allowing musicians to continue their primary activities. If Estonia’s defense budget recovers and the state deems it necessary, we are of course ready to hand it back to the EDF”.

Tallinn Mayor added: “The tradition, symbolic value and component of our music culture that began in the year of the birth of the Republic of Estonia must not be easily lost”.

Of possible sources from the city’s budget, Kõlvart said that savings had been made in the reduction of extra-curricular hobby education for children, which, he says, has not harmed Tallinn’s children themselves, adding that his offer was not mere words, reports ERR.

Cutting the EDF military orchestra would save around €1.4 million, it is reported, while the government is aiming to make around €10 million in defense cuts, at least under its recent state budget strategy document. Photo credit: Siim Lõvi /ERR