French conductor to Scots audience: Are you still part of the UK?

From Hugh Kerr, editor of Edinburgh Music Review (and former MEP):

On Sunday the Iceland Symphony Orchestra concluded an 8 concert UK tour in the Usher Hall Edinburgh under conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier.It was a great concert and got a warm response from the audience, Tortelier turned to the audience and said: ‘This is the final date in our United Kingdom tour, are you still part of it?! But just to remind you I’m going to give you some English music Walton’s music for Henry V and Elgar’s Wand of Youth.’

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  • Charles Clark-Maxwell says:

    His late, much loved father played the Walton and Elgar concertos wonderfully. I do miss Paul T

  • Gustavo says:

    I like the French sense of humour.

    United Kingdom does sound a little odd these days.

    How about “Divided Queendom”?

  • Hugh Kerr says:

    Yan Pascal Tortelier has a nice sense of humour see my review in Edinburgh music

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