Musicians at Toronto Symphony and Rotterdam Philharmonic make music videos during quarantine

Posted on: March 24, 2020

“Musicians from Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra have joined forces to perform Beethoven’s 9th symphony together from their bedrooms,” writes Hasan Chowdhury in Monday’s (3/23) Telegraph (U.K.). “Members of the Dutch symphony orchestra, who were self-isolating due to coronavirus, recorded a video of themselves collaborating to play ‘Ode to Joy.’ … The video took around a week to produce and involved 19 musicians each playing … on their respective instruments in time to a click track. Soundtracks from each video were then combined…. The final video, which was created with the help of Dutch healthcare provider Senior Service, already has more than half a million views on YouTube…. With thousands of live concerts and gigs cancelled … according to a survey from the Musicians’ Union, British musicians have already suffered a dramatic loss in earnings of around £13.9m because of coronavirus…. The effort from the Netherlands has inspired others around the world to follow suit, including members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, which posted a recording of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring online on Sunday. The recording, which involved the musicians filming themselves at home before having their individual clips edited into one video, has picked up more than 42,000 views in 24 hours.”