The Russian State Orchestra Yevgeny Svetlanov suffered a chaotic start for their tour to South America. Last Thursday, the orchestra took off from Moscow in two groups, one on an Air France flight with a connection in Paris and the other on a British Airways flight with a connection in London. A group of 40 musicians of the orchestra, was removed from the flight of British Airways at London Heathrow Airport. According to latest information, the Russian group was taken off the plane because some of the musicians were drunk and showed inacceptable  behaviour. After waiting for about 15 hours the musicians were checked in on the next flight to Rio de Janeiro, from where they were taken by bus to Sao Paulo. We hear that they arrived early enough but exhausted for the tour’s first concert, yesterday evening.

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