This orchestra’s magnificent Boléro flashmob in Spain is a picture of musical joy

14 July 2021, 13:35

This magnificent Boléro flashmob in Spain will certainly lift your spirits
This magnificent Boléro flashmob in Spain will certainly lift your spirits. Picture: Musical Society of Algemesí

By Sian Moore

Hundreds of people were stopped in their tracks when the Musical Society of Algemesí broke out into Ravel’s simple, beguiling melody.

As a lone drummer stood in the city of Algemesí in Spain, onlookers didn’t think much of it as they wandered by.

But when fellow musicians from the Musical Society of Algemesí started to bring out their instruments too, seamlessly weaving in their flutes and clarinets and bassoons for a rendition of Ravel’s unmistakable Boléro... everyone stopped to watch.

Watch as the work’s famous ostinato steadily thrums through the crowd, before the mighty sound of the full orchestra floods the packed square.

This exciting flashmob isn’t the first spontaneous serenade the musicians have sprung upon Spanish residents – their YouTube channel is filled with similarly joyous performances.

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The Musical Society of Algemesí’s street show took place eight years ago, back in February 2013.

Since then, it has been viewed on the orchestra’s YouTube channel an incredible 29 million times.

Whether it’s a Mozart flashmob on the streets of Prague, or a Beethoven flashmob on the historic streets of a German city, there’s something quite spectacular and life-affirming about these surprise public performances.