A man mounted the stage of the Councertgebouw in Amsterdam last night during a concert attended by Queen Beatrix, seized the microphone and invited the audience to share his faith in Allah. He spoke quietly and declared he was unarmed. Some musicians rose in alarm, as did members of the audience, but the Queen was reported to be undisturbed.
The man was arrested and remains today in police custody. He is described as Amsterdam born, aged 39.
The concert, by the Netherlands Philharmonic, marked the centenary of the Dutch Association of Composers.