15 January 2021:
Amazon Music releases reorchestrated version of Bastille’s single ‘Warmth’ featuring Baltic Sea Philharmonic and Kristjan Järvi

  • Track recorded live at Bastille Reorchestrated charity concert for Channel Aid in Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie in January 2020

  • Concert brought together British indie group and Baltic Sea Philharmonic, with Kristjan Järvi conducting special reorchestrations of Bastille songs

  • Collaboration raised donations via YouTube charity channel Channel Aid for Hamburg-based FABS Foundation

  • Warmth Reorchestrated’ video released on Amazon Music

Berlin 15 January 2021. Almost exactly a year since the Baltic Sea Philharmonic and Kristjan Järvi rocked the Elbphilharmonie with pop band Bastille in an epic charity concert, Amazon Music is today releasing exclusively a new single which was recorded live at that spectacular show in Hamburg. ‘Warmth Reorchestrated’, released as an Amazon Original production, is a supercharged version of Bastille’s song ‘Warmth’, which first appeared on the British indie group’s 2016 album Wild World. The new single captures the energy and joy of the sold-out ‘Bastille Reorchestrated’ show for Channel Aid at the Elbphilharmonie on
4 January 2020, when Kristjan Järvi conducted special reorchestrations of Bastille songs in front of 2,100 enthusiastic fans and more than 10,000 viewers who followed a livestream of the event on YouTube.

The Baltic Sea Philharmonic and Bastille were teaming up as part of Channel Aid’s ‘Live in Concert’ series. Channel Aid, the world’s first YouTube charity channel, is an initiative of the Hamburg-based FABS Foundation, which provides access to sports and dance activities for children and the disabled. Every view of the YouTube livestream of the concert resulted in a donation to FABS Foundation social projects. Channel Aid released a series of single videos from the concert in the days after the event. Amazon Music Unlimited will release a new video to accompany the ‘Warmth Reorchestrated’ single which later will also be available on the Bastille’s social media channels.

A thrilling, wildly well-received collaboration

The concert with Bastille represented a new artistic adventure for the boundary-breaking Baltic Sea Philharmonic, as it was the orchestra’s first collaboration with a major pop band. Sharing the stage with the Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling group, the orchestra and Kristjan Järvi performed specially orchestrated Bastille songs in signature Baltic Sea Philharmonic style, with a gospel choir adding a special extra dimension to the sound. The set list was drawn from Bastille’s albums Bad Blood (2013), Wild World (2016) and Doom Days (2019). Ahead of the concert, the orchestra’s 52 musicians had rehearsed for two days in Hamburg together with the band.

The reaction on social media from concert goers and those watching the YouTube livestream was hugely enthusiastic. Comments on Facebook included: ‘This was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. Being in this hall with so many incredibly talented musicians was like a wave of joy washing over me.’ Another Facebook user wrote: ‘Absolutely loved this. Such a pleasure to see the orchestra enjoying performing, and the conductor was fabulous.’

Baltic Sea Philharmonic – a revolution in music and culture

The Baltic Sea Philharmonic takes the orchestral concert experience to a new dimension. Every performance is a voyage of musical discovery, as the musicians perform the entire programme from memory, creating a one-of-a-kind artistic journey. Each concert is a unique spectacle of sound, light, visual art and technology, and under the electrifying baton of Music Director and Founding Conductor Kristjan Järvi every performance has a special energy that’s absolutely infectious. But even more than this, as a community of musicians from ten Nordic countries, the Baltic Sea Philharmonic transcends boundaries and has become a movement for bringing people together. Embodying all that is innovative and progressive about the Nordic region, this visionary ensemble is taking the traditional orchestral model further than ever before. ‘It is a living breathing creature, with boundless energy and enthusiasm for the new – an adventure in itself,’ says Kristjan Järvi.

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