VIDEO: Emotional last performance of Greek national orchestra and choir

Their country is near bankruptcy and hard choices have had to be made. That has meant the end of state funding for the Greek national orchestra and choir.

And this emotional video reveals just what it meant to the musicians as they gave a last public performance in Greece last week.

Campaigners say the orchestra can still be saved by public pressure and have urged all music lovers to write to the country’s ministry of culture urging a rethink of the decision to withdraw state funding.

Other leading Greek national institutions have been badly hit. Also earlier this month the country’s main state broadcasting service, the Hellenic Broadcasting Company, was faced with closure.

Already, Greece has responded to calls for austerity by selling off some of the nation’s top cultural and historical sites, including the site of the Colossus of Rhodes and stretches of pristine Aegean beaches to Qatari millionaires.

In this video, the national orchestra plays “Nimrod” by the English composer Edward Elgar, widely regarded as one of the most moving pieces of orchestral music ever written.


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