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Queen Sofía subjected to jeering at International Music Day concert
thinkSPAIN , Sunday, June 23, 2013

QUEEN Sofía was booed and hissed at when she attended the International Music Day concert at the Theatre Royal in Madrid yesterday (Saturday).

Hecklers shouted, “get out! Get out!” as the Queen appeared on the stage, and others yelled, “we want music in conservatories and schools.”

This is the second day running the Queen has listened to cat-calling and jeering at the Theatre Royal, since on Friday these were directed at education minister José Ignacio Wert over his unpopular decisions relating to school curricula reforms and increased grade pressure for university entrance exam candidates, who will now no longer get a grant to study at college unless they achieve a mark of at least 65 per cent rather than the 50 per cent pass figure.

International Music Day at the Theatre Royal in the Spanish capital involved tributes to the great composers Beethoven, Verdi and Wagner, as this year is their joint 200th birthday.

Around 27,000 spectators have attended in the two days of concerts.

Queen Sofía, a renowned lover of classical music, went along at 19.00hrs on Saturday evening for the seventh of Beethoven's nine symphonies performed.

She has been subjected to hissing and booing on other occasions in public recently, as have other Royals including her husband, King Juan Carlos, and son Prince Felipe of Asturias with his wife, Princess Letizia.

Most of these have been at sporting events, although at the beginning of June the Queen was greeted with loudly-expressed public hostility when she cut the red tape on the newly-reopened Capitol Theatre in Cieza (Murcia).

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