Social-distancing military musicians play ‘Lux Aurumque’ in prison’s incredible acoustic

7 April 2020, 17:18 | Updated: 7 April 2020, 17:26

By Maddy Shaw Roberts

When a group of military brass musicians discovered the incredible acoustic outside their practice rooms, they knew what they had to do…

An ensemble of social-distancing brass musicians recently discovered the amazing acoustics outside their practice rooms.

The young players, all trainees at the Royal Marines School of Music – which is a former naval prison – knew that a building with an acoustic this good deserved a suitably spine-tingling piece of music.

So, they chose Eric Whitacre’s shiver-inducing choral work ‘Lux Aurumque’.

Brass musicians play Lux Aurumque in incredible prison acoustic
Brass musicians play Lux Aurumque in incredible prison acoustic. Picture: The Bands of HM Royal Marines

The video was posted on Facebook by The Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, who wrote: “The Royal Marines School of Music is housed in a former Victorian Naval prison, full of character and history – and now full of music!”

As we’re all practising social distancing or quarantined in our homes, we need to hear more beautiful music like this…