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Out With A Bang – Conductor Demands Respect

LONDON (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — You know your relationship is suffering when after spending seven years together, the shoulder you lean on has stormed out and left you with the pieces…the musical pieces.

Natalia Luis-Bassa, the principal conductor of the Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra, stormed out of a rehearsal hours before a concert according to London's The Daily Mail.

The 44-year-old said her health was beginning to suffer because members were allegedly increasingly questioning her judgement.

On Saturday at Huddersfield Town Hall, the conductor snapped and orchestra president Peter Lewis was forced to go on stage before the performance to explain that Miss Luis-Bassa was 'indisposed'. Three other musicians had to step in for Miss Luis-Bassa for Saturday night's concert.

"These things happen and I'm yet to get to the bottom of why it happened. Hopefully we will get it sorted…Natalia has been with us for seven years now and is a star," Lewis said according to The Daily Mail.

The Venezuelan said that at least one member of the orchestra would have to be removed before she would consider returning.

"There are a lot of conditions that need to be met if I go back," she said according to The Daily Mail. "There are members who disrespect me as a person, a conductor and music-maker…There is one person in particular and if this person is not removed I am not willing to go back. My health comes first."

Luis-Bassa also said that not enough members of the orchestra openly expressed their support for her and stressed,"This is the first time I have ever done anything like this in 25 years of conducting. I am not letting the orchestra down. It needs a shake-up."

— Crystal Lynn Huntoon