Trumpet blasts, drum rolls in salute to medical workers

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Drums roll and the trumpets blow in an uplifting rendition of Johann Strauss senior's Radetzky March, played by St. Paul’s Co-educational College Symphony Orchestra and the London Mozart Players in a tribute to medical workers in Hong Kong, London and across the world.

The composition, originally dedicated to Austrian Field Marshall Radetzky, is often accompanied by joyous clapping above the music, invoking a march to victory.

The collaboration salutes medical professionals and is also aimed at keeping music students engaged during an extended suspension of the orcherstra's rehearsals.

The virtual music collaboration took place under the leadership of Music Director, Warren Lee and Faculty Mentor, Dr. Anton Luiten, as a tribute to all health care workers from Hong Kong to London and beyond, but especially to those connected to the St Paul's family, the orchestra says.

The 76-member symphony orchestra had been scheduled to perform with members of the London Mozart Players in early May in City Hall. Microbiologist Professor Gabriel Leung, the dean of medicine of the University of Hong Kong, makes a guest appearance in the video.