Police close family string quartet that plays classical music for their neighbors who claim they violate coronavirus lockdown rules

  • Rafael Todes, 53, had played with family outside property in West London
  • Police arrived and said it might encourage residents to gather on the streets
  • Musical family had played Shostakovich & # 39; s String Quartet No4 in garden
  • Written by Shostakovich when not afraid he would be arrested by Stalin's men
  • Here you can help people who are not affected by Covid-19

An impromptu classical orchestra was shut down after police feared quarantine neighbors would cause enclosed measures amid the outbreak of coronavirus.

Violinist Rafael Todes, 53, a member of the Allegri String Quartet, his wife Helena Newman, and children Isabella and Max, had performed Shostakovich & # 39; s String Quartet No4 when police arrived on their premises in west London.

The family, who had performed their ensemble from their front door, were told by the two officers that their music would encourage residents to gather on the streets.

Violinist Rafael Todes, 53, his wife Helena Newman, and children Isabella and Max, from west London, were asked by police to stop performing

The family, who had performed their ensemble from their front, had performed the String Quartet No4 by Shostakovich

The family, who had performed their ensemble from their front, had performed the String Quartet No4 by Shostakovich

Recordings made by the family showed that one of & # 39; s officers apologetically told them: & # 39; I don't enjoy this part of & # 39; s job, but it will continue to pick up the street. I'm not here to worry about you, don't worry, but the high street can't do this.

& # 39; I hear what you're doing, it's good music, but it will of course remain what & # 39; s blocking the street. I apologize, it's pretty good. & # 39;

A message on & # 39; Facebook page of & # 39; a musician reads later: & # 39; The definitive pop-up Alexander Street Quartet Concert. Shostakovich's 4th Quartet has been closed off by the police! & # 39;

Mr. Todes, who is a teacher at the Royal Academy of Music and whose wife plays the viola, said the family first began their street performance after a resident requested a performance for another neighbor's birthday.

The talented instrumentalists have since shared their small concerts on Facebook with wife Todes & # 39; s daughter Isabella, 17, who played the violin and his son Max the cello.

The violinist told The Daily Telegraph: & # 39; Nearly five weeks ago, a neighbor asked us during lockdown if we could do a little concert for the lady who lived upstairs.

& # 39; We did that and people in & # 39; saw a street and someone said & # 39; & # 39; You have to do this new week again & # 39; & # 39 ;. & # 39;

Mr. Todes, who is a teacher at the Royal Academy of Music, later shared the recordings on Facebook

Mr. Todes, who is a teacher at the Royal Academy of Music, later shared the recordings on Facebook

Officers patrolling the streets of West London told the family that their ensemble may have helped more residents with the lockdown measures

Officers patrolling the streets of West London told the family that their ensemble may have helped more residents with the lockdown measures

Residents on the street had listened to the small family concert before it was stopped

Residents on the street had listened to the small family concert before it was stopped

The violinist, who will now put his public concerts on hold following the advice of the officers, added that there was a certain irony that the high-stakes music played by the family was written by Shostakovich when he was afraid of being arrested by Joseph Stalin's regime.

He added: & # 39; Right before we play, I gave a little speech about Shostakovich and how & # 39; t he was in & # 39; t was advantageous then & # 39; he wrote this and he was afraid he was arrested by the people of Stalin. & # 39;

The scene comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepares to warn Britons that relaxing social measures could lead to a second wave of the virus.

Mr Johnson is expected to put in place his latest plans on social restrictions this evening as he leads Downing Street's daily press conference and will also express his concern with reducing the & # 39; lockdown too soon.

Recent figures from the death toll show that the virus has now killed more than 26,000 people in & # 39; t United Kingdom.

Police fear that the musical performance from & # 39; before the & # 39; a family would encourage neighbors to break the lockdown

Police fear that the musical performance from & # 39; before the & # 39; a family would encourage neighbors to break the lockdown

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