Jerusalem Quartet attack 'irrational' disruption

Last week’s disruption of the Jerusalem Quartet’s Wigmore Hall recital led to global discord


The Quartet: we no more represent the Israel government than the audience represented the UK government

The Quartet: we no more represent the Israel government than the audience represented the UK government

The Jerusalem Quartet have called last week's disruption of their London concert "irrational" and "ignorant".

The performance, broadcast live on Radio Three, was taken off air after a few minutes after protesters disrupted the event, attacking the musicians for having served in the IDF.

In a statement, the Quartet said: "It is destructive of our attempts to foster Israel-Arab relations for us to be the subject of demonstrations of the kind we suffered yesterday.

"We no more represent the government of Israel than the audience at the Wigmore Hall represented the government of the United Kingdom. We are musicians. We want our audiences to enjoy our music, whoever they may be, without unthinking interruptions."

Last updated: 12:27pm, April 8 2010