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Orchestra on wheels! Drive-by music lifts spirits amid coronavirus lockdown in Budapest03:09

Orchestra on wheels! Drive-by music lifts spirits amid coronavirus lockdown in Budapest

Hungary, Budapest
April 08, 2020 at 23:08 GMT +00:00 · Published

MAV Symphony Orchestra brought its music to the streets of Budapest to cheer up the quarantined residents, amid the restrictions imposed by the authorities on public gatherings, in a bid to counter the spread of the coronavirus epidemic.

Footage from Wednesday shows a car driving through empty streets and airing classical music from a loudspeaker installed on its roof, while residents could be seen listening to the music from windows and balconies.

"We cannot go with an orchestra and hold a concert as any gathering is forbidden," said Orchestra's Managing Director, Lendvai Gyorgy, who added that "this led us to the idea of broadcasting the most beautiful recordings of our orchestra from loudspeakers."

The orchestra was founded in 1945 and established its fame from playing music in the country's war-torn cities after the WWll.

According to figures released by Johns Hopkins University, Hungary has registered 895 coronavirus cases, with 58 deaths.

Orchestra on wheels! Drive-by music lifts spirits amid coronavirus lockdown in Budapest03:09
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MAV Symphony Orchestra brought its music to the streets of Budapest to cheer up the quarantined residents, amid the restrictions imposed by the authorities on public gatherings, in a bid to counter the spread of the coronavirus epidemic.

Footage from Wednesday shows a car driving through empty streets and airing classical music from a loudspeaker installed on its roof, while residents could be seen listening to the music from windows and balconies.

"We cannot go with an orchestra and hold a concert as any gathering is forbidden," said Orchestra's Managing Director, Lendvai Gyorgy, who added that "this led us to the idea of broadcasting the most beautiful recordings of our orchestra from loudspeakers."

The orchestra was founded in 1945 and established its fame from playing music in the country's war-torn cities after the WWll.

According to figures released by Johns Hopkins University, Hungary has registered 895 coronavirus cases, with 58 deaths.

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