WATCH: Anna Fedorova's incredibly moving performance with the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra


02 August 2022
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By Ellie Palmer
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The Ukrainian pianist was performing at the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms

London's Royal Albert Hall witnessed a very touching, powerful performance on Sunday as Ukrainian pianist Anna Fedorova performed with the recently formed Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra.

Conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson, the video shows them performing Chopin's Piano Concerto No 2 in F minor before receiving an emotional standing ovation. Ukrainian flags could be seen waving in the crowds.

 

The Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra was only created a couple of months ago. The group is made up of Ukrainian musicians – some from Ukraine’s major cities, some now displaced as refugees, and others who play in European orchestras. Anna Fedorova herself grew up in the city of Kyiv.

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Fedorova and the Orchestra also performed a number of other works including Symphony No 7 by Valentin Silvestrov, one of Ukraine's leading living composers, Beethoven's ‘Abscheulicher! … Komm, Hoffnung, lass den letzten Stern’, Brahms's Symphony No 4 in E minor, and Chopin's Piano Concerto No 2 in F minor. Silvestrov fled Kyiv with his daughter and granddaughter in March.

As part of the wider tour, the orchestra will also perform in Berlin (4 Aug) and New York (18-19 Aug) among other cities. Full details on the tour can be found here. Money raised from the tour will go to support Ukrainian artists.