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Brexiters boycott choral festival over EU’s Ode to Joy

Director defends choice of Beethoven’s Ninth – also the ‘European anthem’

It might seem an unlikely battleground for the political row over Europe, but the programming of Beethoven’s powerful Ode to Joy for the finale of the renowned Three Choirs festival in early August has prompted anger, due to its use as the EU anthem. The concert, unlike the other major musical events at the festival, has yet to sell out, and one irate Brexiter has called for a boycott.

This weekend the well-known conductor Adrian Partington, artistic director for the week-long festival, defended his decision to select Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony despite the famous final choral bars.

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