Twenty-five years ago today the combined choirs and orchestras of Europe gathered under the direction of Leonard Bernstein to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall with a stampeding, exuberant rendition of Beethoven’s Ninth.
Every year since this has been my Christmas tradition, to play it loudly first thing, and to huzzah along with the Ode to Joy bits.
Not everything has appeared as we wanted 25 years ago, but there’s enough in this memory to keep us going a bit further.
Merry Christmas everybody. Enjoy.