The flamboyant organist was refused permission to enter the country at Birmingham Airport and sent back to Berlin. He has a premiere in Birmingham tomorrow and both his agent and the concert hall are desperately trying to get him back.
The deportation appears to have arisen from a misreading of immigration rules by border officials at Birmingham Airport. Or possibly because they didn’t like the way he dressed. Or whatever.
It is the third known case this year of an artist with a legitimate visa falling foul of these complex rules.
Read more about it here on the IAMA site. If you’re an agent or an artist, call your MP and ask them to put down a question to the Home Office. This signifies an increasing abuse of the rights of travelling artists.
UPDATE: All’s well that ends well? No, the disgrace deepens. Read here.