Orchestras face terror of no-deal Brexit

From the Mail on Sunday:

The Association of British Orchestras has warned that money-spinning EU tours by British orchestras could be hit. EU rules that stop musicians having tax and social security deducted from fees while abroad would end.

More than just money-spinning. They are talking survival. Without tours in EU countries, London orchestras will face insolvency.

 

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  • ==Without tours in EU countries, London orchestras will face insolvency.

    Well the RPO could probably get axed safely. Standards-wise it’s a joke compared to LSO, LPO and Philharmonia

  • European fees aren’t what they used to be; so the idea that without European tours London orchestras would fail isn’t really true. Quite aside from the idea that these orchestras manage quite well to tour to ex-EU destinations as it is, and there’s no suggestion that they couldn’t continue to tour to the EU. “Could” is doing a lot of work in the ABO statement quoted; there’s little evidence to really suggest it.

  • Just think of the enormous amounts of tax and national insurance we will be able to collect from the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic etc when they visit London. Their fees are far higher than the London Orchestras.

    PS This won’t happen.

    • “Just think of the enormous amounts of tax and national insurance we will be able to collect from the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic etc when they visit London. Their fees are far higher than the London Orchestras.”

      It’s quite adorable that you think it will be the orchestras and not the audience that’ll have to pay the higher fees.

      PS: That’s what will happen.

  • All a load of rubbish and scaremongering, and the planes won’t be able to fly over Ireland!!! Ryan Air will soon sort that one out given there are as many Irish in mainland Britain as there are in Ireland itself – and far more in America!

  • I would think the biggest hassle would be visas. I assume at present UK orchestras can go to other EU countries visa-free, and the musicians probably could continue to do so as tourists, but not as performers. Right there is a big cost and administrative headache.

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