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British Musicians Are Already Feeling the Pinch From Brexit

By Isolde MacDonogh

20 Apr 2021 · 4 min read

In 2010, Jonathan Clarke left his job as the principal trumpeter of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra to become a U.K.-based freelancer. He reasoned that high-paying gigs in Europe every year, plus the odd concert in his native Britain, would be enough to cover the bills.

And for a decade it did. "I left a major job to be a freelancer," Clarke explains. "I wanted my children to grow up in Europe, and I wanted to be part of EU culture and concert halls, and thank God I had time to before Brexit."

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