A pianist just played a Chopin concert in the Himalayas at 5,000 metres

28 November 2018, 17:22

By Maddy Shaw Roberts

Chopin Nocturnes, played on a concert grand at an altitude of 5,000 metres. This is stunning.

On 6 September 2018, Evelina De Lain, a pianist from London, carried the grand piano up to the Singela Pass in the Himalayas, India, along with a team of adventurers.

She performed Chopin’s Nocturnes No. 2 in E flat major and No. 20 in C sharp minor, his ‘Raindrop’ Prélude Op. 28 No. 15 as well as compositions from her solo album Soul Journey.

Evelina said: “It was such an honour to be asked to play my music in the clouds, [but] it was one for the hardest things I have ever done.”

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Fourteen years ago, Evelina lost the ability to move her hands property due to a repetitive strain injury. After undertaking an intensive course of therapy, she eventually regained most of the use of her hands.

“I would never in a million years ever think I’d play classical piano again let alone play the highest classical concert,” she continued.

‘Concert in the Clouds’ was put on to raise money and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis. Evelina’s concert, which also involved building a concert hall out of recycled plastic bottles, broke the record for the highest classical concert in the world.

Listen to her debut album here.