Classical Notes: British musicians bearing the brunt of bothersome Brexit

To their chagrin, classical musicians have been left off Britain’s list of workers allowed to enter the EU, leading to calls for a swift solution to the mess

10th January, 2021
Classical Notes: British musicians bearing the brunt of bothersome Brexit
Simon Rattle: the renowned conductor accused Britain of becoming a ‘self-built cultural jail’. Picture: Tristram Kenton

Britain’s freelance musicians are working themselves into a furious crescendo because of the effect Brexit will have on their ability to continue making a decent living in the business.

They feel Boris Johnson has left them high and dry again with the final act in the big break-up. Musicians have not been included on the list of workers – known as “independent professionals" – allowed to enter the EU, including Ireland, without special...

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