Digital Tchaikovsky Triumph

By Aliyah Butt

Many Orchestras around the world have been silenced due to the ongoing pandemic, leaving many musicians without jobs leading to unnoticed and unheard talent. Although many of them have been disheartened, they are still trying many ways to be seen and heard.

According to the Guardian, about 70% of theatres say they will run out of money this year. Horace Trubridge, the general secretary of the Musicians’ Union, this week told MPs: “We could very easily lose half the music venues we’ve got in the UK during this crisis unless there isn’t more permanent support for them.”

Research that has been conducted on behalf of Live, the umbrella group representing the live music industry, estimates 64% of the sector’s 262,000 workers will be out of a job by Christmas.

Within this pandemic, a lot of musicians are trying to make themselves heard somehow. 70 young musicians who make up the Ulster Youth Orchestra have come together to give their talent a stage during this pandemic. They remotely recorded an extract from Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet under the supervision of the Ulster Orchestra’s chief conductor- Daniele Rustioni.

Before putting together this piece, the musicians followed Mr Rustioni’s conducting online before he carefully patched together the video clips. The 70 musicians, aged 14-23 used phones and tablets at home to record the extract from Romeo and Juliet.

Daniele Rustioni told the BBC: “I think about composers 90% of the time when composers were in very difficult time’s they created wonderful things.”

“It is a matter of making a point. We are still here, we exist still.”

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