That’s a nice gesture but it would have been better that the arch had never been destroyed in the first place:
A replica of a 2,000-year-old Syrian arch which survived blasts by Isis will be erected in Trafalgar Square after being recreated using the world’s biggest 3D printer.
The monument was largely reduced to rubble by Islamist fighters, but one of its arches survived and the 15m-high structure, which stood at the temple’s entrance, remains standing.
It’s a well-meaning hashtag at this point.
When conductor Karl Eliasberg received instructions to rehearse Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony he had a problem.
After a performance the previous December of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture – which depicts the Russia’s victory over Napoleon’s invading army – the only remaining orchestra in the city, the Leningrad Radio Orchestra, had shut down.
A note in the ensemble’s log records: “Rehearsal did not take place. Srabian is dead. Petrov is sick. Borishev is dead. Orchestra not working.”
So it was no surprise that when Eliasberg recalled his musicians for a rehearsal, only 15 turned up.