An entire orchestra is rushed to hospital

An entire orchestra is rushed to hospital


norman lebrecht

August 04, 2017

All 80 members of the European Spirit of Youth Orchestra were rushed to the Santa Chiara Emergency Room in Trento, Italy, suffering from dehydration after an outbreak of vomiting and diarrhoea.

About twenty young musicians received prolonged treatment and two were detained in hospital overnight.

The problem was traced to a picturesque fountain in the small town of Belluno, where the orchestra had stopped for a drink of water. Officials say this was due to current repairs to the aqueduct.

The orchestra aims to continue its tour with conductor Igor Coretti-Kuret.



  • Barbara says:

    oh poor things. I hope they get over it quickly and I wish them well for the rest of the tour.

  • Myrtar says:

    “suffering from dehydration after an outbreak of vomiting and diarrhoea.” – were they playing Schoenberg?

  • Fritz Curzon says:

    and the current heat-wave- 40+.

  • Alexander says:

    literally – what a sh*t 😉 ( I said score sheet – what did you think ?)

  • Sue says:

    I pity them all; that gastric condition is the absolute pits! I hope they are well soon.

  • Wai kit leung says:

    Why did they drink from a fountain? Were they playing Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique?

    • bratschegirl says:

      Many such fountains are in fact intended and advertised as drinking water sources. The comment quoted in the post from local officials would seem to indicate that it’s usually safe and expected to use this fountain as such, except for the current repair scheme which has somehow introduced something undesirable into the water supply.

    • lena says:

      Couldn’t have said better!

  • Analeck Kram-Hammerbauer says:

    Typical children from well-situated families: always overrate the ability and knowledge of themselves, but know nothing about the world.

    One of the last thing you would do on travel, especially in unknown terrain, is to drink raw water from an open fountain.

    • Sue says:

      That’s a good bit of advice. I would have thought bottled water was much safer and far more popular.

      • Analeck Kram-Hammerbauer says:

        Either bottled water from a trusted brand and bought in a trusted store, or fill your own bottle with cooked water in the hotel.

        When going out, young people should always bring their own water in stead of buying soft drinks. These kids should really learn a lesson from this incident.

    • Christian says:

      There are drinking water fountains all over Italy intended for just this purpose, a short drink. This isn’t a fountain in a park as you may imagine, but something like a small fire hydrant with a button that releases cold, clean water. I would hardly call the center of an Italian village “unknown terrain”

  • Una says:

    At least in Italy you don’t need to hand in your credit card to get seen!! Poor kids.

  • Robert Holmén says:

    All 80 of them. Drank from an outdoor fountain.

  • yuk! says:

    New interpretation of a run out concert?

  • Geezer Butler says:

    It is easy to get the shites from water in Italy, even their bottled water has bugs, I tested some in my lab! the best bottled water comes from the Dolomites, I avoid water in Southern Italy, stick to Moretti!
    Bog rolls are also narrower in Italy, UK is best wider than most EU. My camper van is full when I do a trip.