Orchestra will host the stage at this year’s Proms, next to the concerts of Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Cynthia Erivo.
The newly formed Ukraine Freedom Orchestra includes newly fledged warriors, as well as Ukrainian musicians from European orchestras.
Ukraine allows male artists of military age to be free, allowing them to leave the country to play.
Conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson said they would “honor the dead”.
The orchestra will perform at the Proms on July 31, two weeks after the launch of the Proms season.
The festival returns in full in 2022
After two years of silent, low-level programs, the festival returns in full in 2022. With 84 concerts in eight weeks, featuring more than 3,000 artists.
With Covid-19 rules relaxed and choir restrictions restricted, The main song will be available for the first time since 2019. Including Verdi’s Requiem nightclub; Beethoven’s Symphony No 9, performed by the Chineke Orchestra; and Mahler’s Symphony No 2, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.
Overseas orchestras will return to the Royal Albert Hall.
With the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Australian World Orchestra among the winners.
Proms director David Pickard said the “freedom” of being able to plan a full season “has been good for all of us”. In the music community after a few years of “great challenges”.
Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra
The Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra was added to the program at “11 p.m.,” he said, predicting that their performance would be a powerful and cathartic moment.
“I think you can sometimes feel powerless if you get involved in the cultural world. When a big event like this is going on. And this is a wonderful way to support the world and celebrate the musical power of crossing divisions.”
The orchestra was the brainchild of conductor Wilson, who led the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
“I wanted to bring together the best Ukrainian orchestra artists. Both inside and outside their country, to show pride in the art of unity,”. He said in a statement announcing their first tour.
“I look forward to leading these talented artists across Europe and the United States. This trip is a demonstration of love for their country and respect. For those who have died and suffered the most.”
They will play Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov’s Seventh Symphony; Chopin ‘piano concert No. 2, with Ukrainian virtuoso Anna Fedorova; and aria Abscheulicher! from Beethoven’s Fidelio, a petition for humanity and peace in the face of violence and cruelty.
Other Prom Promises include:
- Prom’s first video game, tracing the history of the game from last year’s 1980s console games to last year’s Battlefield 2042. Including the first games from The Joker composer Hildur Guðnadóttir (August 1)
Earth Prom, hosted by Chris Packham, celebrates the work of David Attenborough and the BBC’s Natural History Unit (27 August)
A soul-giving concert and gospel music by Aretha Franklin, led by the Jules Buckley Orchestra. (August 22)
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, which includes music inspired by royal events, from Handel’s Water Music to Britten’s Gloriana (July 22)
Film and stage star Cynthia Erivo starting her solo with a concert of songs by famous artists such as Nina Simone.
- Shirley Bassey and Billie Holiday (17 July)
Seasonal reflection on Ralph Vaughan Williams. 150 years after his birth, featuring ancient works such as Lark Ascending and the visceral Fourth Symphony (various dates)
Famous South African trumpet player Marcus Wyatt
Famous South African trumpet player Marcus Wyatt. Who leads the Metropole Orkest on the South African Jazz Songbook tour. Comprising soloists Soweto Kinch and Siyabonga Mthembu (28 August)
Celebration of Cinderella Anstruments such as tuba, oboe and harp, which rarely stand out. Soloists will include trombonist Peter Moore and Caroline Eyck, one of the world’s leading theremin players (various dates)
The 2022 season coincides with the BBC’s 100th anniversary. Because with several special concerts designed to showcase the impact of the broadcaster on the UK music scene.
Proms will be collaborating with Radio 1 Relax on the night of the empty acoustic play on July 16; while CBeebies Prom will return for what is described as a “family underwater tour” on July 23rd.
Art-rock band Public Service Broadcasting will also be showcasing for the first time their new album. This New Noise. Which combines live acoustic and electronic music with archives to explore the history and impact of community-sponsored broadcasting.