The violinist Anna Markova, who is based in Bremen, Germany, has addressed the following cri de coeur to the UK Government:
I spent one month of my life and a lot of money to gather all the necessary – absolutely stupid! – papers in the right time, I had to go the other town to be controlled in your visa centre as if I were a criminal! I had to give full information about me, such information like my income since the last 6 months, and not only the income, but also my bank statements for the 6 months – all that only to play ONE concert and to stay only 2,5 days in your “Great” country!
And now all this is for nought, because the orchestra cannot wait any longer, they have to invite another violinist, because the concert is in 3 days and I don’t have the answer about my visa till now, and I will not get it in time, although I paid for the visa. And as the result of all the trouble which has been caused me by the embassy of “Great” Britain, I will not be able to play in the concert on 22.07 in BBC Proms.Thank you, “Great” Britain!!!
The concert is by Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, conducted by Jérémie Rhorer. Anna, 30, was a member of the ensemble.
Many non-EU musicians complain of similar obstacles to entering the UK.
After Brexit, it will get much worse.