Friday 26 August 2022

A Quiet Night: new single in support of the Ukrainian Welcome Centre

24 August was Ukrainian Independence Day and was exactly six months since the beginning of the latest Russian invasion. To coincide with this British vocal ensemble SANSARA, artistic director Tom Herring, has released a new single, A Quite Night, by Ukrainian composer Natalia Tsupryk which sets words by the Ukrainian President, Vlodymyr Zelensky, and poet Serhiy Zhadan. The single is combined with a charitable appeal for the Ukrainian Welcome Centre – a UK-wide network of support centres for Ukrainian refugees.

The piece is written to be sung in places where refugee communities can work together with local choirs, and it was commissioned by Chris Gunness, Director of the Myanmar Accountability Project (MAP), to remind the world of the evils of dictatorships everywhere and the destruction of Ukraine’s cultural identity, one of Putin’s war aims.

The Ukrainian Welcome Centre supports newly-arrived Ukrainian refugees in the UK. The Centre is a partnership initiative between the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy (Diocese) of the Holy Family in London and the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (AUGB).

To donate to the appeal, visit the fundraising page. SANSARA will give the live premiere performance of A Quiet Night on Friday 25 November at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London

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