Just in: BBC conductor drives aid to Ukraine

Just in: BBC conductor drives aid to Ukraine


norman lebrecht

October 04, 2022

Credit to the Kyiv-born Finnish conductor Dalia Stasevska, principal guest conductor at the BBC Symphony.

Dalia, 38, is on the road right now, driving a vehicle full of essentials  to Ukraine. It’s her fifth aid mission.

This time, supporters of her Finnish orchestra, the Lahti Symphony, have donated trolley-loads of provisions. Many have knitted socks for soldiers in the approaching winter


  • Serge says:

    What would make this really great is if she didn’t boast of it.

    • Achim Mentzel says:

      Without a photo and a social media post, such an action would be completely pointless in our media-addicted times. Like all those Hollywood stars who fly to Africa in their private jets, have themselves photographed with poor children, condemn suffering, war and hunger in an interview, then leave again to sip champagne by the pool in their multi-million dollar villas.

      • trumpetherald says:

        Eastern German bull. Do you remember the times when we brought you and your countrymen food, shoes ,clothes? And the GDR was a paradise compared to the hell Pootin has it turned into

    • Jean says:

      Spasibo, Serge

    • M2N2K says:

      Her “boasting” does not make her actions any less helpful to the people who are defending their country against brutal aggression – and that is the only thing that counts, ultimately.

    • Mike says:

      What a mean-spirited response. How on earth do you suppose Ms Stasevska is ‘boasting’? She is simply acknowledging all those colleagues back home in Finland who have provided much needed humanitarian supplies, and who could not accompany her across Europe to deliver them. And she is not alone – a neighbour here in Nottingham and his biker friends have also made several trips to the Polish-Ukraine border with medical aid for women and children; they too may have posted photos to raise awareness, but as with Ms Stasveska there was no ‘boasting’. Shame on you.

    • trumpetherald says:

      Or doing nothing,and boast of it,like you…

    • trumpetherald says:

      A few people from my conservatory,teachers and students,also drove to the Ukraine and brought food,clothes,animal food,medicine and blankets.We shot a few photos and posted them on FB and Insta.Better than writing needless and stupid comments.

  • Elizabeth Owen says:

    What a wonderful thing to do and to prove that peoples’ donations are going where she promised.

  • Taras Bulba says:

    Quite inspiring–it would be great to see other orchestras do this, not to mention famous celebrities and “influencers”.

  • trumpetherald says:

    Fantastic.Not only by her,but by the people of the Lahti Phil…

  • Lev Deych says:

    I salute this woman’s commitment to her country engaged in a brutal war for survival against Russian fascists. As to those who begrudge her for announcing it on the social media – you are either idiots or hidden Putin supporters afraid now to express your sympathies openly. It is extremely important for people of Ukraine to know that they are being supported, that they are not alone. Besides it can prompt others to do the same. So, bravo on all accounts!