Moment husband and A&E doctor wife treated neighbours to violin duet
Moment husband and A&E doctor wife treat neighbours to violin concert from balcony of their south London home to lift spirits during coronavirus lockdown on Easter Sunday
- Julia Burkert plays with professional violinist Richard Milone to neighbours
- The Chelsea and Westminster Hospital doctor plays violin ‘like a goddess’
- They perform Oblivion by Astor Piazzolla as well as Vivaldi and Vittorio Monti
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A doctor and her violinist husband performed a concert for their London street to lift the spirits of their neighbours on Easter Sunday.
Julia Burkert, a full-time Accident and Emergency doctor at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, played with professional Richard Milone from their balcony.
The Stockwell couple played Oblivion by Astor Piazzolla in the video below, as well as Vivaldi’s Spring and Csardas by Vittorio Monti in their Easter set.
Richard Milone and Julia Burkert play Oblivion by Astor Piazzolla on their Stockwell balcony for neighbours on Easter Sunday
Julia bashfully acknowledge the crowd as her husband introduces her professional violinist as an A&E doctor at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
Richard introduces his wife, originally from Bayreuth, Germany, to the street, saying she plays the violin ‘like a goddess’ and their neighbours erupt in applause.
He says not many people may know that she is a full-time emergency doctor in the west London hospital and the crowd show their appreciation.
The married couple of 11 years then begin playing the Piazzolla duet after he jokes the piece’s name, Oblivion, is ‘rather suitable’ in the current climate.
The couple’s daughter, Sophie, Tweeted: ‘Absolutely glorious my Dad and brilliant NHS A&E Dr Stepmum Julia entertaining in Stockwell.’
The couple also play Vivaldi’s Spring and Csardas by Vittorio Monti, not seen in the video, in their performance
The crowd applaud as Richard and Julia entertain them on a sunny Easter Sunday afternoon
Richard, a member of the Orchestra of St. Johns and Trafalgar Sinfonia, said they intended to cheer up passersby on the street during the coronavirus lockdown.
He said: ‘Julia is not gonna probably like me or thank me for this, but I don’t know how many of you know that she’s actually a full-time A&E doctor at Chelsea and Westminster [Hospital].
‘She’s able to play the violin like a goddess. Well done Julia, thank you.’
The Orchestra of St Johns performs more than fifty musical events each year for children with autism, adults with dementia, and refugees.
It is a registered charity after a recent merger with Music for Autism and is led by John Lubbock OBE.
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