New EU president is maestro’s niecemain
Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen, who has been nominated to succeed the unstable Juncker as president of the European Commission, has serious musical connections.
She was born Ursula Albrecht, daughter of a senior EU civil servant with a penchant for family sing-ons.
Her father’s brother is George Alexander Albrecht, former GMD of Weimar Opera. Her first cousin is Marc Albrecht, music director of Netherland Opera.
She knows her sharps from her flats.
Ursula is the reluctant one in the scarf.