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This orchestra’s Beethoven ‘Ode to Joy’ Skype concert is everything the world needs


Concerts are being postponed, lessons cancelled, and venues are closing their doors – but that doesn’t stop the music.
In true collective spirit, 19 self-isolating musicians from the Netherlands’ Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra came together to perform a virtual rendition of Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’.
Each soundtrack, recorded in time to a click track in the musicians’ bedrooms, was brought together to form the final, glorious section of the ‘Choral’ Symphony No. 9.
“We’re adjusting to a new reality and we’ll have to find solutions in order to support each other,” the musicians say in the video.
“Creative forces help us, let’s think outside of the box and use innovation to keep our connection and make it work, together. Because if we do it together, we’ll succeed.”