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10 May 2018, 17:51
Schindler's list - John Williams - NL orchestra
This musician thought she might never be able to play her instrument again, but then she made it through this heart-wrenching performance of ‘Schindler’s List’.
Cor anglais player Davida Scheffers has a painful neuromuscular condition which disrupted her career as a musician.
Despite her fear that she might never be able to play with a professional orchestra again, Davida’s dream was to play with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra.
And last year, she managed it.
In a performance with the orchestra, Davida managed to play the entire cor anglais solo from John Williams’ Schindler’s List, before bursting into tears during Simone Lamsma’s solo on violin.
It was a powerful moment that affected both the audience and orchestra. Look out for Davida’s daughter in the audience, who had just turned 18 that day.
Well done, Davida – what a remarkable achievement!