Quarantined trumpeter plays beautiful ‘Imagine’ solo from balcony in Italy lockdown

16 March 2020, 12:38

Quarantined trumpeter plays incredible ‘Imagine’ solo from balcony in Italy lockdown
Quarantined trumpeter plays incredible ‘Imagine’ solo from balcony in Italy lockdown. Picture: Shaun King/Facebook

By Maddy Shaw Roberts

In uncertain times, these balcony videos are showing music’s incredible power to bring solidarity and comfort to those most in need.

The beautiful sounds of a brass instrument rang through Italy’s streets over the weekend, thanks to this trumpeter who decided to give his neighbours a free concert.

Quarantined in his home, the brass player took to his balcony to serenade his neighbours with John Lennon’s song ‘Imagine’, which envisions a world of peace and unity.

The video, filmed by his neighbour, is captioned: “Nobody is supposed to leave their homes in Italy, so he broke out his trumpet and gave everybody a free concert.”

It’s beautifully moving – watch below.

For a week now Italians have been unable to leave their homes, since the country was put under quarantine to control the outbreak of COVID-19.

And to battle feelings of loneliness and uncertainty, Italians up and down the country have been turning to one of the things they do best: sharing music.

In another video shared widely on social media in the past few days, quarantined Italian neighbours sang a traditional song ‘Canto della Verbena’, together across the streets of Siena.

We’ve also heard a beautiful ‘Nessun dorma’ from a quarantined Italian tenor, and a flashmob in Rome in which people found unity through communal balcony singing.

There are now 24,700 cases of COVID-19 in Italy and 1,809 with coronavirus have now died in the country, which is the hardest-hit by the virus in Europe.