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The Prince of Wales attends a concert by Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra

27th October 2014

The Prince greets young musicians from the Institute of Orchestral Studies and the Royal College of Music Rising Stars, accompanied by Canada's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Gordon Campbell

The Prince greets young musicians from the Institute of Orchestral Studies and the Royal College of Music Rising Stars, accompanied by Canada's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Gordon Campbell

The Prince of Wales attended a joint performance by Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on London's Southbank today.

The concert, at the Royal Festival Hall, was dedicated to the two soldiers who were killed in separate attacks last week.

Christopher Deacon, managing director of the National Arts Centre, paid tribute to Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo, and said: "Our response to this tragedy is the healing beauty of music."

The Prince of Wales is Patron of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra (NAC) Tour to the United Kingdom.

Conductor Pinchas Zukerman leads Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a joint performance at the Royal Festival Hall in London

Conductor Pinchas Zukerman leads Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a joint performance at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

The NAC Orchestra’s UK Tour of remembrance, performance, and education marks the centenary of First World War. This joint concert will celebrate the friendship between Canada and the United Kingdom. 

The orchestras were conducted by Musical Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Pinchas Zukerman; who is also one of the great violinists of our time. 

The orchestras were joined by mezzo-soprano Patricia Bardon, the London Philharmonic Choir, and other soloists creating an outstanding ensemble of over 200 musicians for a breathtaking performance of Beethoven’s magnificent Ninth Symphony, which culminates in the triumphant choral finale, “Ode to Joy.”