BBC Breakfast kicked off this week with Dan Walker and Louise Minchin at the helm once more, reflecting on some of the biggest headlines dominating the news today. However, amidst the latest news headlines was a report on 80-year-old former music teacher Paul Harvey, who’s been creating music while living with dementia. After learning the BBC Philharmonic have now joined forces with Paul to create an impactful piece, it didn’t take long for the emotions to get the better of Dan and Louise.
Louise introduced Paul’s story to BBC Breakfast viewers at first, saying: “You might have seen here on Breakfast, we’ve been following the story of 80-year-old Paul Harvey,
“The former music teacher living with dementia, whose skills on the piano turned him into an internet sensation.”
Dan weighed in: “It’s been a wonderful story to follow and using just four random notes, Paul created a melody which inspired the BBC Philharmonic to turn it into a full orchestral piece.
“Now yesterday, Paul heard that creation come to life for the very first time.”
What followed was an emotive piece of music courtesy of Paul and the BBC Philharmonic.
And the former teacher was visibly emotional after the orchestra had decided to join forces with him.
However, he wasn’t the only one as when the cameras returned to the studio, Dan and Louise were left wiping away tears.
“There’s nothing like bringing a tear to your eye at 25 past six,” Louise said as Dan wiped away a tear.
A second agreed: “That piece of music is absolutely beautiful. What a wonderful start to the day..”
“Amazing, wonderful piece of music and wonderfully arranged and performed,” said a third. “Huge congratulations to Paul.
“This highlights the importance of music in times of trouble and how it can lift the morale of the Nation. God Bless him and his family and best wishes to all.”
With a fourth weighing in: “This tune made me cry. So beautiful! My Mum has Alzheimer’s and has lost almost every memory and skill. I hope Paul can hold onto his music.”
Elsewhere on BBC Breakfast, Dan and Louise welcomed the Health Secretary Matt Hancock onto the show.
The MP faced questions about the track and trace app as well as footballer Marcus Rashford’s campaign to see the free school meal scheme extended into the school holidays.
However, it’s safe to say not all viewers were impressed with the interview, with some branding it a “car crash” and “embarrassing”.
BBC Breakfast continues weekdays at 6am on BBC One.
Published at Mon, 26 Oct 2020 07:24:00 +0000