A group calling itself La Barbe (the beard) heckled the presentation of the new season at the Salle Pleyel, demanding more women conductors and soloists.
The head of the Orchestre de Paris, Bruno Hamard, replied that one-third of his orchestra’s membership were women, and the same proportion prevailed at the radio philharmonic orchestra.
Public sympathy is said t have run with the protestors. The same group, masked and bearded previously barracked the season launch of the Paris Opéra (below), where they were howled off by chauvinist journalists.
Perhaps La Barbe should be asking why almost all opera houses and orchestra in France are run by men.