A performance by the Jerusalem Quartet at the Brighton Festival was disrupted yesterday by a tiny clique of pro-Pal demonstrators. The Quartet played on and refrained from comment. It is the third or fourth time their concerts have been attacked in Britain.
Never mind the rights and wrongs of the Middle East conflict, which may be debated elsewhere. The musicians have a right to be heard and the audience who paid to hear them have an equal right to do so undisturbed.
Since the disrupters are few and familiar, it should not be fairly easy to deny them entry to classical concerts. If that fails, they should be injuncted by law from attending. Action needs to be taken by the classical music industry to protect its venues. Failure to do so will encourage further disruptions in this and other causes.
UPDATE: We have been informed that the concert organiser was sufficiently prepared to remove three known disrupters before they made much noise.