Another concert disturbance at the London Philharmonicmain
This time, they waited until the piece was over before shouting ‘rubbish!’ (The Times) and ‘What a load of rubbish. Jesus!’ in the Guardian’s hearing.
The piece was Towards Osiris by Matthias Pintscher, one of a series commissioned by the Berlin Philharmonic to augment Holst’s The Planets. It is beautifully crafted and has a showpiece trumpet solo. One man in the audience didn’t like it.
What happened next is more disturbing. Hilary Finch writes in The Times: A man with a walkie-talkie and two big bouncers were immediately summoned to the offender’s seat. Now quite why this audience member’s response should be considered more disruptive than the braying bravos that frequently deafen the end of an only mediocre performance is beyond understanding.’
Clearly, the LPO is on the alert for disrupters after being involved in two major incidents this year. But it is perfectly legitimate to shout an opinion after the music has finished. To suppress that would be a violation of the right to free speech.