The retired pianist, 85, has joined a petition to the British people by 125 cultural personalities, urging them to stay in the EU.
The petition, which appears in today’s Times Literary Supplement, is also signed by the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, the Irish rugby player Tommy Bowe, the chef Raymond Blanc and other public intellectuals.
There are other classical signatories: the composers Krzyzstof Penderecki and Richard Dubugnon, and a French music critic, Michka Assayas.
The petition reads:
Sir, – All of us in Europe respect the right of the British people to decide whether they wish to remain with us in the European Union. It is your decision, and we will all accept it. Nevertheless, if it will help the undecided to make up their minds, we would like to express how very much we value having the United Kingdom in the European Union. It is not just treaties that join us to your country, but bonds of admiration and affection. All of us hope that you will vote to renew them. Britain, please stay.
Like many wavering voters, I am profoundly moved and will give the appeal due consideration.
On the other hand, the day Mr Brendel comes to me for piano lessons is the day I will turn to him for political advice.
See the full petition here.
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