Violinists Play Sinking Titanic Hymn In Empty Toilet Paper Aisle

by : Emma Rosemurgey on : 19 Mar 2020 09:10

I think we can all agree life is a little bit strange at the moment.


People are working from home, the streets are pretty much desolate and supermarkets are selling out of every piece of toilet paper known to man.

But, as with everything in life, when we fall on hard times, sometimes the best thing to do is trying to look for the funny side.

Violinists Play Sinking Titanic Hymn In Empty Toilet Paper AisleViolinists Play Sinking Titanic Hymn In Empty Toilet Paper AisleCaters

Fortunately, we can do exactly that, with the help of two violinists who recreated an iconic Titanic scene to poke fun at the panic buying toilet roll hoarding.


Bonnie von Duyke and Emer Kinsella began dramatically serenading shoppers to the tune of ‘Nearer, my God, To Thee’, the song played at the end of Titanic, in an empty toilet paper aisle in a Los Angeles supermarket.

The musical duo donned black suits and bright orange life vests as they recreated the moment band members pledged to continue playing their instruments even as the ship sank.

Violinists Play Sinking Titanic Hymn In Empty Toilet Paper AisleViolinists Play Sinking Titanic Hymn In Empty Toilet Paper AisleParamount Pictures

Von Duyke even uses the infamous line said taken from the 1997 hit as she turned to Kinsella and said, ‘Gentleman, it has been a privilege playing with you tonight’.

Sharing a video of their performance on YouTube, Von Duyke titled it: Ode to RMS Toilet Paper – ‘I’ll never let go’.

She continued to write:

Many musicians and freelancers are losing work at this time. Concerts and events are being cancelled right and left. Being a freelance artist myself, I’m not giving up and I want viewers to be aware of my services during this social distancing time.

Thank you Emer Kinsella for taking time out of your day to play in an empty aisle, for agreeing to be shoved into a life jacket. Thank you Kristen Brancaccio for the amazing cinematography. Thank you both for putting your lives at risk for the sake of art.

Flattening the curve of coronavirusFlattening the curve of coronavirusOur World In Data

The light-hearted performance comes as people all over the world self-isolate in a bid to ‘flatten the curve’ of the number of new COVID-19 cases.

Sometimes a bit of light relief from the doom and gloom dominating the headlines at the moment is all we need.

It’s okay to not panic. LADbible and UNILAD’s aim with our coronavirus campaign, Cutting Through, is to provide our community with facts and stories from the people who are either qualified to comment or have experienced first-hand the situation we’re facing. For more information from the World Health Organization on coronavirus, click here.

Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Journalist who started her career by producing The Royal Rosemurgey newspaper in 2004, which kept her family up to date with the goings on of her sleepy north east village. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining Tyla (formerly Pretty 52) in 2017, and progressing onto UNILAD in 2019.

Topics: Life, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Freelancers, Los Angeles, Titanic