Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra to play at BBC Proms

Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra to play at BBC Proms


norman lebrecht

April 25, 2022

The Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra will play at this summer’s BBC Proms.

The orchestra, led by Canadian-Ukrainian conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson, includes musicians who are now refugees and Ukrainian members of European orchestras. The Ukraine Ministry of Culture is granting a special exemption from fighting to male members of orchestras who are of military-age.



  • Player says:

    Mrs Gelb?

  • Sharon says:

    Does anyone know if the Ukrainian folk dance troupe will be performing in the US at any point?

  • Rob says:

    Apparently the Cleveland Orchestra are playing Bruckner 9, The National Youth Orchestra of USA are doing Elgar Cello Concerto and Mahler 5, and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester are doing Bruckner 7 with Blomstedt. Nothing confirmed yet, until tomorrow so it’s all a guess.

    Oh bty, the NYO USA are patronised by the Blavatnik Family Foundation; Leo Blavatnik – the UK’s ‘richest’ person and owns Warner Music, a £200 million property in Kensington and other connections…. over to you

  • Maria says:

    Not so difficult to own a £200m property in Kensington. Place also full of lottery winners too!

  • Peter says:

    Is the BBC financing this project?

  • Paul Johnson says:

    I’d say that was unlikely when you consider that no BBC orchestra played the Ukraine National Anthem.

  • Russell says:

    How about the Leningrad Symphony for the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra to play at the proms?

  • Tomasso Walter says:

    Funny how a while back Ms Wilson was not deemed of sufficient stature to conduct at Glyndebourne. When their Managing Director was one David Pickard, Now, whatever became of him…