COPENHAGEN: Kyiv Bomb shelter to the bright stage lighting of Europe’s theatres are a Ukrainian youth choir”Songs of praise” of freedom Give a gift of a type of Healing balm for its war-scarred members. The Shchedryk group, Kyiv’s oldest and most experienced professional children. choirThey were here in Copenhagen this week to perform as part of the Part of An international tour that took them to New York’s famous Carnegie Hall.
It was meant as part of the overall design. of A busy year to celebrate choir’s 50th anniversary. However, Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine has made all this possible. with Members leave their homeland to search for new homes abroad. of safety. Some family members have lost loved ones and friends in the fighting.
“It is very difficult to gather the children,” Marianna SablinaThe choirThe mother of the institution, she is also the chief conductor and artistic director. choir 1971 Some of The members are “outside the borders of Ukraine, and only about a third of the forum currently lives in Kyiv.”
The earlier this year, choir They were able to reassemble and begin rehearsals at Kyiv’s National Palace. of Arts.
The vagaries of war Many problems plagued rehearsals. Air raid sirens were used to force the evacuation of Kyiv when it was under attack and lost power. choir To assemble in a darkened shelter bomb shelter, lighting their sheet music with They could use any light source that they could find.
“When there are sirens, we go to the shelter and just sing with our phones and flashlights,” A 15-year old said choir Anastasiia Rusina is a member whose family fled to west Ukraine after the invasion.
“I think that we’re kind of getting used to it because it’s our job to do. We have a concert, so we just cannot skip any rehearsals,” She said.
Copenhagen’s Church audience of Recently, the Holy Ghost listened to the high voices of The choirThe group consisted mostly of teenage girls who wore black and white dresses with colorful beads around their necks and sleeves.
“I sincerely hope that the concert here will send a message of love and hope and also sympathy and support to all Ukrainian families,” said Nataliya Popovych, co-founder of Copenhagen’s Ukraine House is a civil society organization that brought the group to Denmark. “Hopefully next year, all Ukrainian families will be able to celebrate Christmas properly,” She added.
The core of The song was performed “Carol of the Bells,” Perhaps perhaps most well-known is the 1990 Christmas film Home Alone.
The original arrangement of the carol was by Ukrainian Mykola Leontovych was a composer in the first century. The choir’s name, “Shchedryk,” It comes from the song’s lyrics Ukrainian title.
“We have to send to people that our culture is so important to our world,” Polina Holtseva is another 15-year-old choir Family member who has remained in Kyiv during the conflict.
“It’s our culture, it’s our songs, and it’s so amazing that we have a chance to give you this music,” She said.
Rusina Holtseva stated that she doesn’t have any career plans. They also said that they don’t know what their future plans are for tomorrow. Despite the horrors of war, Shchedryk choir Theirs has been “safe place”.
“We just don’t think about the war or our situation. We just sing, we’re together with our friends, our family,” Rusina spoke.