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Melissa Bradshaw

British Airways engineer re-imagines famous theme from Lakmé to mark airline’s centenary

2:05, 24th April 2019

To mark its centenary, British Airways has released a new composition based on the famous piece of music, Flower Duet, which featured in Delibes’ opera Lakmé.

The new version, composed by British Airways engineer Lyndon Ooi and performed by the British Airways Orchestra made up of 30 British Airways colleagues as well as external musicians, is made up of ten variations representing ten significant milestones in British Airways history. It rises, falls, speeds up and slows down to moments including the formation of Imperial Airways, the introduction of the new jet age, Concorde’s farewell and the opening of Heathrow Terminal 5.

Composer Lyndon Ooi said: ‘Music has been a passion all of my life – much like the excitement of flying and the experience of travel it communicates with people and speaks straight to their hearts. It was a real challenge to fit the entire 100-year history of British Airways into the piece but I’m really happy with the final result. And what a pleasure it was to perform it with my colleagues in the British Airways Orchestra.’


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