Last week, the world was struck with tragedy in the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris. As a traveler, it becomes even closer to home to realize that places we consider safe, are always at risk for terror.
As the world watched, several took action – in a non-violent way that serves as an inspiration for humanity. A group of musicians gathered together to play Samuel Barber’s Adagio in Trafalgar Square in London. It’s nothing short of amazing. No matter the country, folks come together as family to pay tribute to those that have fallen. Keep that in mind as you traverse the globe – while the food may be different, and the culture not like at home, the folks there care just as much, and have a heart, too.
Slipped Disc first reported the musical tribute, with their part in organizing the event:
More than 150 musicians turned out last night at a few hours’ notice, alerted by Slipped Disc and other social media, to play Samuel Barber’s Adagio on Trafalgar Square in memory of the innocent victims of the Paris massacre. They came from all over London, some from way beyond London, to voice together their sympathy and their outrage. The performance was led by the violinist, Thomas Gould.
Having played on the stage of many prestigious concert halls around the world it is hard to remember a performance that meant as much as tonight’s. Perched on a wall, four to a stand and freezing cold, there was only one work on the programme – Barber’s Adagio for Strings. Having fretted for most of the day as to how many would turn up and play at only a few hours notice – 150 did, at a conservative guess. (Lesson learnt – have more faith in humanity).
These are passionate, caring and generous people, never mind the impressive list of accolades between them (a BBC young musician of the year, orchestral leaders, international chamber musicians). It really is not the point. We were united in cause; one of remembrance, of the shock and horror of the brutality of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, of sadness for the victims and their friends and family and of the determination to stand up for democracy and freedom of expression. Living in these times we need as many reminders as are possible that most people act with love, kindness to others and with generosity of spirit.
Take a look at the video here:
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