Deported organist sounds off on Facebook after being held for seven hours before being sent back to Berlin.
Superstar organist Cameron Carpenter has let rip at UK Immigration officials after what he describes as a harrowing seven hours held in detention at Birmingham airport before being put on a plane back to Berlin.
Writing on his Facebookpage, the flamboyant musician doesn’t hold back revealing that he was questioned and fingerprinted during his time in detention at the hands of “HM Border Force – or rather Tascor, the creepy, vague, Orwellian detention subcontractor they use to keep people awake in brightly lit rooms filled with tearstained children’s toys and assorted religious texts.”
The organist arrived at 10:30pm and was escorted onto the 7:05am flight back to Germany the next day by armed police. “HM Immigration in Birmingham were totally unaware of the laws governing Permitted Paid Engagement,” he writes, explaining that those three words are “all artists entering the UK really need to know.”
Praising his management at International Artists who resolved the situation during his flight home, Carpenter was able to return to the UK after a quick shower and turn around in Berlin. “What would...