Four violin makers to be expelled from the UK

Four violin makers to be expelled from the UK


norman lebrecht

June 23, 2017

From a shrinking, increasingly mean and intolerant island:

Four students at Newark’s world-renowned violin-making school face deportation from the UK.

Lingtzu Chen and Meng-Hsiu Tsai, from Taiwan, Daniel Chick, from Australia, and Yasuhiro Nakashima, from Japan, are due to be deported after July 31 because their international visas have been cancelled by the Home Office…

Read on here.


  • You really wonder where we are going sometimes! Culture means a number of things – first, health and survival, being social, having purpose, and the pursuit of excellence. It seems to me that these young men are at least fulfilling four out of five (and, probably, five out of five). Why then are they being punished?

  • Adrienne says:

    “From a shrinking, increasingly mean and intolerant island”

    Yes, the venom demonstrated by remainers at people who don’t share their view has been plain to see. The same characteristic can be seen in the Corbynistas, one actually getting himself evicted from BBC TV’s Question Time on June 22nd.

    “The school has around 80 students, most of whom are from the UK or EU and have an automatic right to learn in the UK.

    The Government tightened regulations on international students two years ago as part of a crackdown on bogus universities and colleges being used for illegal immigration purposes.”

    • John says:

      So you are saying that this is a ‘bogus’ school?

      • Adrienne says:

        No, I’m saying that the rules were introduced for very good reasons.

        Their introduction was not a state secret and shouldn’t have taken the school by surprise.

        And BTW, the comment below is typical.

  • disgruntled orchestra musician says:

    Well aren’t you a bitter old cow.

  • Holly Golightly says:

    Doubtless all these people on visas would have known about the ‘crackdown’ two years ago and made contingency plans. Or should have.

    Emotive and cry-baby words like “increasingly mean and intolerant island” and “bitter old cow” are the standard tics of the Left in the absence of reasoned debate. Just like the playground bully who resorts to name-calling.

  • JohnB says:

    What is so special about violin makers? It’s great that they do that but do they merit any special comment over and above other people whose visas run out?Are we especially short of violin makers in the U.K.? Or is the problem that they cannot learn this craft anywhere else?

  • Robert Holmén says:

    The school itself says it’s going to get its accreditations in order so that students may again qualify for visas.

    So you have to ask… why hasn’t it been done this already?

    It’s had advance notice of the requirements. I realize two years is not an extensive span, but if something poses an existential threat to your school you do everything you can to get on top of it.