If Carlsberg did flash mobs . . . (video)

8 May 2012

The latest flash mob video to go viral on YouTube sees the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra take to the city’s metro to surprise and delight weary commuters.

As passengers shuffle onto the train at a busy Copenhagen station a passenger suddenly produces a clarinet. Then a violin appears.

Within moments the entire carriage is resounding to Griegs Peer Gynt, the incidental music to Henrik Ibsen’s 1867 play of the same name, written by the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg in 1875.

Startled passengers smile and exchange bemused glances as the orchestra plays on. Some passengers appear to have tears in their eyes while the younger passengers pluck out their smartphones to capture the moment on video.

The inspired flash mob video was devised in collaboration with local radio station Radio Klassisk. At the time of writing the video had attracted over 523,000 views.



John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years