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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Orchestra Gets Cash

LONDON -- British companies have taken pity on Russia's touring National Philharmonic Orchestra, which was forced to play Brahms for alms outside a McDonald's restaurant after running out of funds.

The 86 musicians were subsisting on bread and cheese while sleeping 10 to a room in hostels.

Their plight struck a chord with donors, who jumped in to pay their travel bills for the remainder of the tour.

Global Telesystems, a major telecommunications supplier to Russia, offered pounds 10,000 ($16,040). A local travel firm and a catering company also offered help.