On 1 September, 93 musicians from 74 orchestras spread over 33 countries around the world gathered together for two concerts in Krakow and Stockholm. Together, as the World Orchestra for Peace, they performed Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and the newly commissioned Prelude for Peace by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, under the baton of Russian conductor Valery Gergiev.
BBC Music Magazine travelled with the orchestra to both cities and a full feature will appear in the November issue. In the meantime, below is a three-minute extract from the Krakow concert on Tuesday held at the Church of St Peter and St Paul to mark exactly 70 years since the outbreak of the Second World War in Poland.
This concert was broadcast live both on Polish television and CNN.comEmbedded video from CNN Video