Yannick Nézet-Séguin
(c) Alfonso Salgueiro

Due to the death of Queen Elizabeth, the last two concerts of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s European tour in London were canceled. But since the Queen’s death was announced just before audiences arrived in London’s Royal Albert Hall on Thursday evening for a concert with music by Barber, Coleman, and Beethoven the Philadelphians conducted by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin just played God Save the Queen and Nimrod from Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

British media report that the orchestra’s CEO Matias Tarnopolsky said: “It really felt like the musicians, Yannick, and the audience were a part of history. To have an American orchestra commemorating this huge moment of transition in British history was at once an honor and privilege, and profoundly moving.”

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