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  • Miles Hedley


Updated: Jul 16, 2020

There’s a plethora of terrific cultural events out there in cyberspace to help us cope with self-isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic but few of them can compete with Trinity Laban’s latest offering, a performance of Johann Pachelbel’s much-loved Canon in D Major.

The project, led by violist Nic Pendlebury, TL’s head of strings, is part of the conservatoire’s inspirational #SelfIsolationCreation campaign to keep the arts and artists safe and healthy during the coronavirus lockdown.

Using their mobile phones to record themselves, three TL staffers and 27 students played Pachelbel’s masterpiece from bedrooms and living rooms across the globe to create one of the most heart-warmingly lovely recitals I have ever seen, a dazzling combination of skill, beauty and sheer joie de vivre.

I guarantee you that the video, now showing on TL’s YouTube channel, will give you six of the most uplifting minutes any music-lover could possible want.

So a standing ovation, please, for violinists Emma Arizza, Helena Mole, Anna Kuzmina, Ben Richardson, Greg Scotland, Naomi Wilmhurst, Paris Rizas Pintzopolous, Daniel Pukach, Hannah Garty, Jesper Gasseling and Anastasia Eloise Stahlmann, violists Peter Fenech, Lucas Gomes de Freitas, Ivan Illingworth, Laura Molsey-Gray, Nic Pendlebury, Natalia Solis Parades and Jessica Thorpe, cellists Thibault Blanchard, Amelia Callard, Ludovico Colombo, Lily Cooper, Talia Erdal and Sally Pendlebury, double bassists Nathan Knight and Jess Price, guitarists Graham Devine and Alex Roach and harpists Cara Dawson and Clara Kruger.

And a huge cheer for John-Marc Gowans for brilliantly putting the video together and mixing the music.

To enjoy this wonderful achievement, go to

And for more details of the #SelfIsolationCreation initiative, check out our preview at

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