Musicians to deliver sombre message amid Ukraine crisis

Hazel Keelan and Louise Jameson of Play 4 Peace Ely

Organisers and players Hazel Keelan and Louise Jameson, organisers and players with Play 4 Peace. - Credit: Play 4 Peace Ely

Musicians from Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Norfolk have come forward to play their part for Ukraine. 

The ‘Play 4 Peace’ event outside Ely Cathedral will see professional and amateur musicians perform to help raise funds for the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine humanitarian appeal. 

An orchestra and choir, with the help of Cambridge Sinfonietta, will perform Ukraine’s national anthem and ‘Hymn to Ukraine’ by Ukrainian composer Mykola Lysenko. 

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ‘Pathétique Symphony No. 6: Adagio lamentoso’ will also be played in homage to lives lost on both sides of the conflict.   

Colette and Liam Kushwaha practicing for Play 4 Peace Ely

Colette and Liam Kushwaha practicing for the concert. - Credit: Play 4 Peace Ely

Hazel Keelan, Louise Jameson, Joanna Reveley and Ruth Pellegrini, musicians and event organisers, said: “What is happening right on our doorstep in Ukraine is horrific and unacceptable.   

“Our performance is our way of trying to make a difference in the best way we know how.” 

Peter Britton, music director and conductor, added: “The Adagio that concludes Tchaikovsky’s final composition could scarcely be more apt as a hymn of universal grief for all victims of oppression.” 

Peter Britton conducting Cambridge Sinfonietta

Conductor Peter Britton conducting the Cambridge Sinfonietta. - Credit: Play 4 Peace Ely

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‘Play 4 Peace’ takes place on Cross Green at 1pm on Sunday, April 3. 

To donate, visit: https://www.facebook.com/donate/338696368198071/ or for more details, email: play4peaceely@gmail.com.