The National Arts Centre Orchestra (NACO) is dedicating their remaining U.K tour performances to Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.
The soldier killed was killed Wednesday in a shooting at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.
Spectators were asked to observe one minute of silence at the beginning of Thursday night’s concert, as homage to the young soldier killed Wednesday.
The NAC Orchestra’s tour had been planned for months and was part of commemorations to honor the sacrifice of the 600,000 Canadians who enrolled during the First World War.
“It is important that the world remembers the courage and sacrifice displayed by those young Canadians, beyond the era’s controversies surrounding the conscription and the refusal to serve the monarchy,” said Christopher Deacon, managing director of the NAC Orchestra.
“To us, art is a pivotal part of the relationship between nations. Music compels people to listen, contemplate and reflect, and one can learn a lot when reflecting about one’s past.”