Symphony orchestras face off in football friendly
Many fans of classical music in the Czech capital have been closely following the Prague Spring Festival drawing to a close this week. But how many knew that some of these classical musicians also play football? On Sunday members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra faced the Czech Radio Symphony in a 5-aside football friendly in Prague’s Hanspaulka district.
“I’m the co-principal percussion and I am just looking forward to try and stay on my feet. I think the oppostion are in a bit of trouble.”
I ask a couple visitors who they will be supporting:
“The Czech Republic, tee-hee!”
Do you think the Czechs will do better?
“I hope so!”
“Me too. Go Czech team!”
“Let’s see what happens in 20 minutes.”
The keeper did make a very good stop though.
“Yeah, yeah, very professional. I will see next month that he maybe he gets something of a bonus!”
Things get even more dramatic in the second. Play after play, the Czechs gain in confidence and set up one chance after another. By the end of the game the score is 5:1 in their favour. The BBC has scored once. Actually, not even. The BBC’s Alex Neal once again:
“That was an own goal there from a corner from Dave over there who slotted it in perfectly and that little fellow just nicked in for us. We’ll take anything we can get.”
Best of all on this scorching Sunday, the game ends without any injuries, which could have complicated matters for the BBC Symphony Orchestra performing in the evening. The Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra’s Jan Simon:
“It was a very nice game and I appreciate that the game saw so much effort and fair play. As I told Czech TV, I think that music has won, and we are very grateful for that.”
Look up listings on the final days of the Prague Spring Festival at www.festival.cz