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6 January 2014, 15:22 | Updated: 6 January 2014, 15:23
Watch an exclusive snippet of H2Orchestra percussionist Rob Millett performing Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 - played on glasses of water!
Performers from Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra gave up their instruments this morning to perform in concert - using only glasses of water. The one-off performance on the bank of the Thames by the performers, known as the WaterAid H2Orchestra in support of the charity, aims to remind us all of the importance of clean water supplies for developing countries.
Armed with only glasses filled to different levels, six musicians performed a selection of inspirational songs from the pop charts, including tracks by Katy Perry, One Direction and Taylor Swift. Battling the elements for two hours was only the tip of the iceberg: it took 174 hours of composing, preparing, and rehearsing to 60 hours to perfect the performance.
RPO Musical Director Ben Pope and percussionist Rob Millett popped into the Classic FM studio this afternoon to give a very special performance to Jamie Crick, playing a snippet of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 - and the Classic FM jingle, of course!
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