A British musician is sending MPs a postcard from each European metropolis the place she performs, to spotlight her considerations over Brexit.
Anneke Scott, a horn participant who works with dozens of European orchestras, says her livelihood is in danger if she can’t journey freely across the EU.
To drive the purpose residence, she takes a photograph at each live performance she performs, and makes use of an app to show it right into a postcard.
She tells the BBC she has despatched “within the area of 270” of them since February.
“The majority of my work is with orchestras on the continent, and it struck me that sending postcards could be a really tangible method of giving MPs an impression of my working life and the implications of Brexit,” mentioned Scott.
“If one arrives daily saying, ‘I am working for a French ensemble in Belgium,’ or, ‘now I am instructing in Berlin’, my hope is that their mailbag goes to present them some appreciation of the gravity of the scenario.”
In the meanwhile, musicians from any UK nation can journey and work within the EU with out making use of for work permits or visas. All they’ve to supply is an A1 kind, which proves they pay nationwide insurance coverage in an EU member state.
However freedom of motion is prone to be a significant problem in Brexit negotiations.
Scott believes many European orchestras, who function “on a shoestring price range” will cease reserving British musicians if bureaucratic or monetary limitations are imposed.
“There is a purpose why we work so sometimes outdoors of the EU,” she says, “as a result of it’s important to get visas and paperwork.”
The musician is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, and principal horn of Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, and says she spends the majority of her working life on the continent.
Earlier than the election was referred to as, she was mailing her postcards to tradition secretary Karen Bradley, shadow tradition secretary Tom Watson and her native MP Teresa Pearce.
Whereas her personal consultant has been supportive, Ms Scott was unimpressed by the response she obtained from the division of tradition.
“I obtained a letter, not from Karen [Bradley] herself, however from anyone within the cupboard, which principally mentioned, ‘That is nothing to do with us.’
“They mentioned in the event you’re speaking about working rights in Europe, you both should take care of the Brexit workplace, or the overseas secretary.
“I used to be actually disenchanted to get [that response] when British musicians are going to Europe and representing British tradition.”
Scott spoke to the BBC forward of a music trade convention on the affect of Brexit, which takes place on Friday at The Great Escape Festival, in Brighton.
Freedom of motion – each for musicians travelling to Europe, and European musicians enjoying within the UK – is without doubt one of the key points being mentioned.
Naomi Pohl, from the Musicians’ Union, mentioned they had been asking for readability on the problem.
“What we’re campaigning for is to have a single visa for the entire of Europe, so our members can proceed to tour in the best way that they do now,” she informed the BBC.