Foreign Minister takes podium in orchestra open day

Frank-Walter Steinmeier threw open his foreign ministry yesterday to the Deutsches Sinfonie Orchester Berlin and 400 amateur musicians, aged seven to 82.

They played through sections of Beethoven’s ninth with the helpful pros. At one stage, mounting the podium, it looked like the Foreign Minister was about to grab the baton from conductor Manuel Nawri and change the tempo.

But he proved too diplomatic for that.

Watch news report here.

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  • Actually, it was the foreign ministry’s “open day”, and the DSO organised a flash mob as part of the festivities. Nevertheless nice that slipped disc picked up the story.

  • , it looked like the Foreign Minister was about to grab the baton from conductor Manuel Nawri

    … but sadly for Herr Steinmeier, the orchestra had to explain that performing his favourite tune has been banned in Germany since 1945…

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