Two articles making comparisons between arts funding in the UK and Germany: The Rite of Spring
By Richard Morrison for The Times
The clever thing about Royston Maldoom’s choreography was that it made no big demands on individuals: lots of flailing arms, wildly shaking heads and bodies sprinting across the stage. Yet so well-drilled were the mass manoeuvres, so fast the pace, so ingenious Pete Ayres’s dappled or strobe lighting effects, that the show had terrific impact. Indeed, moments like the ritual slaying of a little child by older kids were rather shocking: real Lord of the Flies territory.
For British observers, however, such a triumph triggers mixed feelings. Until Rattle arrived, the Berlin Phil was years behind British orchestras in “outreach” work. But because it enjoys three times the subsidy of our orchestras, plus a huge sponsorship from Deutsche Bank specifically for educational work, it has been able to hire British expertise — Rattle himself, Maldoom and the music-education guru Richard McNicol — and make this quantum leap forward. click for more
************************************** Britons lack German love of culture, says Jowell
Minister's comments provoke anger from Sir Simon Rattle. Kate Connolly and David Millward report for The Daily Telegraph.
The Culture Secretary, Tessa Jowell, yesterday effectively accused Britons of being Philistines compared to their German cousins.
On a visit to Berlin where she toured museums and art galleries before dropping in on a concert by Sir Simon Rattle, Mrs Jowell said she hoped that Germany's enthusiasm for culture would one day "rub off" on Britain, which she said lacked a passion for culture.
"England has a great cultural tradition past and present. (But) perhaps in Britain we simply lack the passion of the Germans to debate culture," she said in an article under her name published in the daily Der Tagesspiegel. click for more