H2Orchestra

WATER_AID_6 ResizedThe difficulty of making music using wine glasses and water to produce a beautiful, ethereal sound did not deter the six members of the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra who teamed up with WaterAid 6th January 2014.

The professionals who were dressed in their tails gave an exclusive performance on the bank of the Thames.  This two-hour account entertaining passers-by in London was celebrating water as a life giver, life saver and life changer.

Spending 174 hours rehearsing over the festive holidays, the orchestra perfected the iconic songs of 2013 including Katy Perry’s Roar, Story of My Life by One Direction, Adele’s Someone Like You, Let it Go by Gary Barlow and Taylor Swift’s I Knew You Were Trouble.  Each glass was filled to a different level with water – a precision art, just a millimetre out would create the wrong note. With no other way but trial and error, it took 60 hours to get each glass level right to ensure the correct pitch.

 “We were thrilled to work with WaterAid to provide this one-of-a-kind concert for London. It was a new challenge for us making sure that these well known songs translated beautifully when played with water. Water is the world’s most valuable and versatile resource and we hope we have helped highlight this through our music” – Ben Pope, Musical Director from The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

The talented musicians of the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra have really helped bring water to life through music today” – Chris Wainwright, WaterAid.

WATER_AID_5 ResizedThe simplicity of the instrumentation, using water, highlights that not everybody in the world has access to clean water:

  • 768 million people in the world live without safe water. This is approximately one in eight of the world’s population.
  • 2000 children die every day from diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation.
  • 2.5 billion people live without sanitation; this is 39% of the world’s population.

This most basic of necessities is the one thing that changes everything for the world’s poorest communities. We hope that the WaterAid H2Orchestra not only shows the importance of water, but encourages people to support our mission – to bring safe, clean water to everyone everywhere by 2030” – Chris Wainwright, WaterAid.

About WaterAid


WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation.  The international organisation works in 27 countries across Africa, Asia and the Pacific region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities.  Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 19.2 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 15.1 million people with sanitation.  For more information, visit www.wateraid.org , follow @WaterAidUK or find them on Facebook.

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