Following the Welsh Assembly’s decision to legalise organ donation unless a person has specifically opted out of the scheme, the music community in Wales has been engulfed by panic.
‘It’s organs today, but it could be synths tomorrow,’ protested Keith Davies of prog rockers
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. His concern is shared by Dafydd Lewis of the Welsh Folk Society: ‘The Government assures us that there are no plans to take our harps, lutes or tabors without our consent. That’s all well and good, but what’s to stop them passing another law specifically targeting them? I agree that the sound of a harp can be very soothing to a person who’s unwell, but I will never give mine up without a fight.’
Even Martin Price, Deputy Conductor of the Welsh National Orchestra, is alarmed. ‘We rarely use organs ourselves, so I’m not unduly concerned. But I have read the new legislation carefully, and there is a sinister sub-clause which states that the Government “may in circumstances of extreme aesthetic urgency, and if the Culture Secretary deems it artistically necessary, requisition other instruments that may contribute to a complete musical experience or groove.” You could hardly be any clearer than that.’
However in a sop to secure the vote of Welsh Nationalists, the cor anglais was specifically ruled out from being required for donation in any future legislation