WATCH: Pop Up Concert on a Qantas Flight
PHOTO: Orchestra breaks out into song on Qantas flight. (Photo courtesy YouTube/Qantas)
A baby cries, the engines roar and someone launches into a coughing fit a few rows back — this is what you usually hear on an airplane—but that wasn’t the case for recent Qantas flight QF81.
The airline posted the following uplifting video that will make you extremely jealous for those travelers who were fortunate enough to be onboard. What you hear instead is the Australian World Orchestra doing what they do best, and that’s taking classical music to another level. In this case, that was a literal sentiment.
Qantas has more information on the flight that left Sydney bound for Singapore on Sept. 30.
The tune you hear is most definitely familiar. It’s Ravel’s crescendo masterpiece Bolero that peppers the cabin with melodic joy.
Via the press release, Second Officer Mitch Clark offered thoughts on the nine-piece concerto at 36,000 feet: “Australia is lucky to have some of the best musicians in the world. For the AWO to share their talent with us was a treat not only for the passengers but also for our crew. Qantas has always had great in-flight entertainment, but a live performance specially arranged for our passengers is a real high note in my time flying.”
Passengers were regaled with five minutes of classical magic, which was also a joy to the musicians.
Flautist Alison Mitchell exclaimed: “As a flautist, I have played this famous tune [from Bolero] all over the world – but I never thought I’d get to play it in the sky! It is an extra special performance because my colleagues are all fellow Australians, brought together by the AWO.”
For a brief moment, the monotony of airline travel was replaced with the beauty of an actual renowned orchestra playing a beautiful piece.
It certainly beat the normal cacophony that fills the cabin.
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