Lonely Planet Writer

See this orchestra in the sky delight passengers on a flight from Sydney to Singapore

Flying isn’t always glamorous, but travellers on a flight from Sydney to Singapore got a surprise at 36,000 feet, in the form of a pop-up concert with nine musicians from the Australian World Orchestra.


The nine piece ensemble included musicians playing French horn, snare drum, cello, flute, trumpets and saxophone. They performed, French composer, Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero” before the orchestra’s first concert in Singapore. The ensemble performed for the nearly 300 passengers that were aboard the plane, receiving an enthusiastic round of applause. And while the musicians put on their best performance, the airline, Qantas, had the job of safety carrying nearly 100 instruments, including seven double basses checked as freight and a number of cellos that were given their own seats.