Tonight’s BBC Prom concert by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra was disturbed by a handful of protesters shouting pro-Palestinian slogans.
Some of the disrupters were removed and the concert was allowed to proceed, but the BBC stopped the live performance ‘because of disruption in the Royal Albert Hall’.
An attempt was made to resume the broadcast after the interval, but other protesters popped up and once again records were played instead.
The audience in the hall, I hear, reacted strongly against the disruption.
The Culture Minister Ed Vaizey, who was at the concert, tweeted: Demonstrators seem to have turned entire audience pro Israel
Columnist Deborah Orr tweeted: I’m pro-Palestinian myself. But interrupting a concert? It’s just a good night out for people who like making self-righteous trouble.
Louise Mensch MP added: How pathetic. Totally wrong of BBC to cut broadcast. Disgraceful.
The BBC has refrained from making any comment on air, or reporting the incident so far on its website. One imagines there was some policy in place to deal with anticipated trouble, but I can’t see any coherence in the response.
The incident is almost identical to the organised attack on a recital by the Jerusalem Quartet at the Wigmore Hall by a tiny group of hardcore agitators. it may well be that some of the same individuals are involved tonight.
The BBC has said it will broadcast a recording of part of the concert next Wednesday.