In the thick of the biggest currency crisis for a generation, the German chancellor has found time to announce her personal sponsorship of the Baltic Youth Philharmonic. The orchestra consists of 90 students from around the seaboard. They are rehearsing Prokofiev 5th this week in Kaunas, Lithuania, ahead of a grand tour. Krystian Järvi is the founder and artistic director.
Angela Merkel’s personal support is a massive morale booster for the students and a money-raiser all the way round the region. It shows that the German leader really cares what her kids are getting up to this summer.
Anyone else care? Cameron? Sarkozy? Obama? I thought not.
(Oh, and let’s not forget Scotland
, where they’ve halved the youth orchestra’s subsidy. Is Alex Salmond bothered? Not a bit.)