Yo-Yo Ma's new Bach video is the most beautiful thing we've ever seen

14 January 2019, 14:25 | Updated: 15 January 2019, 17:36

By Elizabeth Davis

In his brand-new video the famous cellist is seen on top of a city building playing the Prelude from Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 – but this video has a powerful message

Yo-Yo Ma's video opens with the following message: "Culture – the way we express ourselves and understand each other – can bind us together as one world."

The camera pans to show the cellist playing in front of a dramatic cityscape. But soon, we're taken to very different scenes – from a ballet studio, to an ice rink, from a potter's studio to a tailor's workshop.

The video was put together from clips that were sent to Yo-Yo Ma's team in response to the question "Show the world how you express yourself and what brings your community together."

Yo-Yo Ma has released the project to coincide with the next stage of his two-year-long Bach Project which sees him perform Bach's music in 36 places around the world and partner with community organisations and artists in each location for 'Days of Action'.

Find out more about the project and the performance dates that have been announced so far on Yo-Yo Ma's website.