Beijing balls-up: ‘Our chorus master was not totally exposed’

Beijing balls-up: ‘Our chorus master was not totally exposed’


norman lebrecht

June 05, 2016

We have received the following clarification of the weekend’s Beijing embarrassment from The Classical Buskers, which we are happy to share:

The facts are that Ian had a quick costume change backstage and in his hurry he did not manage to cover himself properly. He was actually wearing pants, they were just very small. He had other pants that were bigger, which he normally wears with that outfit, but those are the ones he forgot. It was the first show of the tour, so jetlag didn’t help.

 He did not realise that he wasn’t fully covered until the show was over and is deeply embarrassed about this mistake. Steps have been taken to make sure that this will never happen again, as he has a much longer costume now and the rest of the tour is continuing. Ian is seriously mortified about this and it was just a horrible mistake. He has personally apologised to the few parents that were seated on the front row and complained at the time.

Sarah Bruce
General Manager, The Classical Buskers

ian moore




  • Pianofortissimo says:

    Who cares? An by the way the picture of the Queen of the Night as a drag queen playing an accordion seems to be bad enough to drive away parents and children.

  • Cyril Blair says:

    Sure, the tiny pants excuse…

    • Sue says:

      What amuses me is that the tiny pants were obviously considered adequate to cover this member. My tiny pants are frozen!

  • Nick says:

    Whoever claimed this blog is journalism? From my two years or so of reading it, it is a blog where comments are made and reports and information provided for a general readership interested in events taking place in the world of music. Much information is given in advance of official. notification and is therefore unchecked – and in most cases would not and could not be confirmed by involved parties.

    In this case, the thread is clearly stated to be from a correspondent in Beijing. His “facts” may not be wholly accurate, but only slightly so. And since the information was already being widely commented on in China, its inclusion here was perfectly acceptable practice. Further, it involved a member of the music profession and a fairly well-recognized group. Sadly, it also involved a disgraceful event of which no performer should ever be guilty.

  • Nick says:

    And in future when a conductor calls for the organ part, we will now know what he means!!!