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BBC Proms: The Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra performs at the 2022 festival

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The Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra will perform at this year’s Proms, the BBC has announced.

The music group consists of musicians who have now fled and Ukrainian members of European orchestras and is led by the Canadian-Ukrainian conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson.

According to a decision by the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture, male orchestra members of military age are exempt from fighting for their country.

The orchestra will first perform in Warsaw, Poland in July before traveling to London for the BBC Proms.

Proms director David Pickard said, “I think everyone involved with this project believes that’s such a powerful statement to bring these people together.”

Russian artists will not be barred from performing at this year’s classical music event, or must speak out against Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine for fear of putting them in danger.

“I think if there were someone who would express those views, to put it bluntly, there would be no place for them,” he added.

This year’s Proms begins on July 15 with 84 concerts by more than 3,000 musicians over eight weeks.

Held in the BBC’s centenary year, the festival will feature more than 60 artists making their debuts to celebrate 100 years of British television.

The last night of the Proms is directed by Dalia Stasevska, with star soloist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who won BBC Young Musician of the Year 2016, and a world premiere performance by James B. Wilson.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/classical/news/bbc-proms-ukraine-orchestra-b2065472.html BBC Proms: The Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra performs at the 2022 festival

JOE HERNANDEZ

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