A wonderfully informative review by Will Hodgkinson in this morning’s Times relates how a Canadian student, Rachel Zeffira, was deported from Britain as a result of bureaucratic error when she arrived to take up a scholarship at the Royal College of Music. By the time she returned, the scholarship had expired.
So she went off on another tack and became a highly individual performer in a very different genre. She may be better off, but one has to ask how many other musical lives have been wrecked by a mix-up at Immigration. If you know of more such cases, do tell.
This is what Will wrote:
By the time she made it back to England she had lost her scholarship and ended up teaching French at a school in Dagenham — despite not being able to speak French. She later formed the girl group-influenced duo Cat’s Eyes with Faris Badwan, the lead singer of the Horrors, and fell in with the alternative music crowd. But it’s that early dislocation, a sense of not belonging anywhere, that informed her 2012 solo album The Deserters and consequently this concert.
And here’s what Rachel does now: