Canadian orchestra’s Usher Hall tribute to soldier

Corporal Nathan Cirillo was shot dead. Picture: contributed

Corporal Nathan Cirillo was shot dead. Picture: contributed

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A CANADIAN orchestra will hold a minute’s silence at the Usher Hall tonight to honour the soldier shot by a reported Muslim convert at a Ottawa war memorial.

Musicians at Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra will also dedicate their performance to Corporal Nathan Cirillo who was shot by the gun man yesterday.

The man, named Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, was himself killed by police after entering the national parliament.

A spokesman for the orchestra said: “In the spirit of condolence and remembrance, Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra will dedicate tonight’s concert, at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, to the memory of Corporal Cirillo.

“Before the concert begins, the audience will be asked to join the players in a minute’s silence, as a mark of respect for this life lost far too soon, and in the most tragic way.”

Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra is on a UK tour of remembrance, performance and education to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.