Despite having a couple of king-sized bees in his bonnet, David Shemer is a happy man. “I do what I love, so I’m not complaining but I think the state should give us a lot more support,” says the 57-year-old musical director and founder of the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra (JBO).

“When I contact musicians from abroad, I am embarrassed to tell them the fee I can offer them. Some don’t care and say ‘just cover my expenses’ and they come over willingly, but there are lots of great artists out there whom we simply can’t afford to bring here.”


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