Telling the inspiring story of Sophie Scholl, the Ulster Orchestra perform The Sun Still Shines at the iconic Ulster Hall, Belfast on 10 May 2024!
The name Sophie Scholl is not widely known outside Germany, but her extraordinary story is the inspiration for a brand-new work by Conor Mitchell.
As a student in Nazi Germany, she co-founded the non-violent group the White Rose and distributed leaflets, encouraging citizens to resist the Nazi regime, denouncing the murder of Jewish people and demanding an end to the war.
In 1943, while distributing pamphlets at her university, she was reported to the Gestapo and executed after a show trial, aged 21, and her last words as she went to her death were “The sun still shines”.
“Such a fine sunny day, and I have to go, but what does my death matter, if, through us, thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?” Sophie Scholl
Her short life is a stellar example of the necessity of following your conscience and speaking truth to power, no matter what the consequences.
Conor Mitchell New Work (World Première)
GABRIEL BEBEşELEA CONDUCTOR
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