Anti-Brexit musicians sing Ode to Joy at Westminster

Anti-Brexit musicians sing Ode to Joy at Westminster


norman lebrecht

March 29, 2017

The baritone Simon Wallfisch staged the first chorus this morning of what is intended to be a monthly reminder to Parliament that half the country does not want Brexit.

Simon and friends sang Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, a joy that for many is fast receding.

Simon is appealing for supporters to join him at 10 am on the first Monday of every month.

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  • No Debt says:

    “half the country does not want Brexit”
    That’s the half that benefiits from all the subsidies paid for by the other half, likes having their laws made in Luxembourg, and admires Brussels Politbüro bureaucrats like Juncker the Druncker.

    • Peter says:

      laughable comment. the lower uneducated classes, who overwhelmingly voted pro Brexit, pay for nothing.

      • Holly Golightly says:

        Don’t just just HATE democracy!! The deplorables get to vote along with you!! Imagine the temerity of them holding an opinion when your own are so exquisite and inviolable.

        • Peter says:

          Everybody is entitled to an opinion, but not everybody has earned to have an opinion. Earned by educating himself instead of dwelling in ignorance.
          What you describe is not democracy by the way, since democracy, the rule by the people for the people, requires the demos, the people who can vote, to have understanding and knowledge of the issues and realities.
          That is not the case today. Not in the Brexit vote. Almost exclusively irrationality votes. Monkeys voting for who gets the promised bananas. That’s not democracy. That’s tyranny of the masses.

  • Dave says:

    Of course there are those protesting the Brexit ending. These are the same people who have benefited from the cushy lifestyle provided by the EU. Those people don’t want to see the other side of the coin, millions of people who suffered under EU rules.

    • George Porter says:

      Those people don’t want to see the other side of the coin, millions of people who suffered under EU rules.
      Who would those be? Surely not those who benefited from EU regional policies, the loss of which will they will come to regret.

      Nor the citizens or Ireland – north and south – who will be divided again by a hard border.

      • Adrian Bellow says:

        Try Greece and Portugal.

      • Dave says:

        George, those would be the (uppity) upper classed city dwellers who always make sure they and their families get the best of everything. Those who live in the rural areas and haven’t received all the EU privileges have spoken in this past election. Perhaps it time to look out for others not so fortunate.

        I know that kind of talk is not in the vocabulary of many of the well-to-do and educated in the UK.

        • George Porter says:

          You honestly think that the (uppity) upper classed city dwellers are going to suffer and those who live in the rural areas and haven’t received all the EU privileges are going to benefit? You are in for a big disappointment.

          • John says:

            Heard on National Public Radio today that London, which had been the major financial center of the EU will see a loss of all those jobs (around 100,000) leave for another city in the EU. The economic impact will be profound. Also, if Scotland and Northern Ireland opt to leave the UK and join the EU, that will be another blow. And then there are the costs to the UK for leaving the EU, which will be negotiated over the next two years.

  • Maria says:

    They sing an ode from a German poet, included in a symphony commissioned by the Philharmonic Society of London from a German composer, long before the EU was even thought of?

    There must have been better options.

    • George Porter says:

      No, it is a fine choice. It was adopted as the Anthem of Europe by the Council of Europe in 1972, and subsequently the European Union.

    • Peter says:

      what a narrow minded comment. where are all these people with their 19th century mindsets coming from these days?