In 2017, a high school band from Gyöngyös, Hungary was featured in the headlines of newspapers internationally when it made a cover of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters,” and got permission from Metallica’s management and band members to upload the song to YouTube. Two years later, and with a year’s work behind them they have made another clip.
It features the high school students’ old band-mates, along with buskers from London. The song they worked on is one of the most famous songs in the world: “The Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel. It took a lot of courage for an eighteen year old to sing this world famous song that was covered so well by Disturbed.
Emese Pitlik, the leader of the orchestra said: ’I was walking on Trafalgar Square, and I remember hearing a wonderfully vocal female street musician, then a boy on Oxford Street, and another street musician on the subway… after those experiences, I decided that the clip would be about street musicians who sing but people often don’t hear their words and songs.
For more than a year, I thought this was what the song would be about. Now, at the time of the novel coronavirus, words are gaining other meaning:
The silence grows. We show the world our music. Maybe it’s important now, during this time of the pandemic.’
The US Embassy (Budapest) offered congratulations on the „wonderful performance” to the members. “Beautiful video, very well done!” said Kenny Withrow (Edie Brickell & New Bohemians).
Sound Engineer – Istvan Marta (GreenMouse Recording Studio)
Voice – David Kerek, Vocal – Gerda Varga, Piano – David Szendrei, Flute – Csenge Varallyay, Violin – Bertold Csanadi, Sara Kovacs, Gergo Szabo, Gabriella Erdelyi, Cello – Eszter Erki, Bass – Bonifac Csanadi, Recorder – Kamilla Smid, Drums – Zsolt Borbely
Cameraman – Sandor Varkonyi, Andre Mercier, Camerawoman – Emese Pitlik, Assistant to the director – Gerda Varga, Dron – Zsombor Szekeres, Editor – Emese Pitlik, Henrietta Soos
Buskers from London – Emily Lee, George Price, Yohane-Liam Osafo, Krisztian Varga
Buskers from Hungary – Hunor Rajhoczky, Gabriella Erdelyi, Csenge Varallyay, Bertold Csanádi