A crowd-surfing ban has recently been enacted at Bristol Proms as a classical music fan took an invitation to physically participate in Handel
" a tad too literally, going far enough to even start a mosh pit.Tom Morris
, the "War Horse
" director and the man behind Bristol Proms, has previously invited the crowd to participate with more enthusiasm, but a man described as a "leading scientist"
seems to have just went too far.
As the Independent
reports, Morris had even told the audience to bring some beer in front of the stage and "clap or whoop when you like, and no shushing other people."
The "Messiah" mosh-pit included Dr. David R Glowacki
, a Royal Society Research Fellow and visiting scientist at Stanford University, an expert in non-equilibrium molecular reaction dynamics.
As witnesses have noted, Dr. Glowacki responded to the crescendo of the "Hallelujah Chorus
" by lurching from side to side, raising his hands and attempting a "crowd-surfing maneuver."
Other members of the crowd have found Dr. David a distraction and have physically ejected him from the venue."He got very over-excited,"
said Morris. "It was the first eviction of a classical concert audience member by another member we've found since the 18th century."
Although Morris has made quite clear that he's interested in "paving the way"
for a new sort of classical concert atmosphere, Glowacki the crowd-surfer doesn't seem too convinced in Tom's attitude."Classical music, trying to seem cool and less stuffy, reeks of some sort of fossilized art form undergoing a midlife crisis,"
the lecturer said. "Witness what happened to me when I started cheering with a 30-strong chorus shouting 'praise God' two meters from my face: I get physically assaulted, knocked down to the floor and forcibly dragged out by two classical vigilantes."Neither the bourgeoisie audience nor their curators (e.g. Tom Morris) really believe what they say. You're free to behave as you like, and it's comforting to think that you have that freedom, but it's only available to you so long as you behave correctly,"
David also pointed out that he was not drunk at the time, saying, "This may be a consequence of me being American, but I can quite easily be provocative without the need to be inebriated."
However, Mr. Morris stated that Dr. Glowacki won't be banned and is hopping for his return. "David was investigating what the nature of the rules are, using the skills that make him an extraordinary scientist - and for some in the audience, a slightly irritating one,"
the director said.
So a question for all the metalheads out there - would you consider moshing to this one?