After dazzling Floriana with a magical performance hosted by Game of Thrones star Charles Dance, the BBC Concert Orchestra had one last surprise for Maltese music lovers on their way home, bursting into a final song while on the plane home.
The orchestra delighted their fellow Air Malta passengers, and the airline put the highlights together into a two-minute clip you can check out below.
The orchestra’s conductor spurred his players on, having them perform some spontaneous fanfare to the delight of the passengers. While standing in the aisle of a plane is hardly the optimal venue to play your instrument, the performers put on a pretty good show. At the very least, it’s a far step above that pre-recorded trumpeting that assaults you at the end of some other airlines’ flights. Viva (Air) Malta.
The people on board seemed to have a whale of a time, with the video showing a lot of smiling faces, and even a dancing cabin crew. Some of the passengers got themselves directly involved, at least two people were holding up sheet music for the musicians to follow, and one man joined in the beat by banging a couple of Cisk cans together. Now that is some innovative Maltese drumming – Marlene Farrugia’s gonna have to up her game.
As you’d expect, the video ends with the plane bursting into a raucous round of applause, punctuated by a couple of wolf whistles. And in our opinion, the reaction was well-deserved.