Shortly before dawn this morning, the removal vans drew up on a quiet residential street in a small town in Germany.
Within a couple of hours it loaded up the digitised lives of thousands of working musicians. Before the neighbours could smell the coffee, the operation was on the move to a new location.
The reason, we understand, was the need for larger premises. IMG Artists’ international touring business and local German operation has burst its walls. It is moving today to Theaterstrasse 2, in a town not normally linked to the glamour of the international stage.
IMG is based in Hannover, northern Germany. The town is also the international headquarters of the biggest German classical agency, Konzertdirektion Schmid and of Künstlersekretariat Astrid Schoerke.
Hannover is a town of 500,000 souls. Not much has happened there since the Elector George swanned off in 1714 to become King of England. Today, it has more classical agents per head than any conurbation on earth.
The word is, if you need to find an agent, get a job waiting tables or filling teeth in Hannover. (Recent surveys show that agents suffer greatly from grinding their teeth, especially when reading Slipped Disc.)