Members of the Ukrainian Free Orchestra: Music and love will save the world

A member of the Ukraine Freedom Orchestra has said that she believes “music and love are the things that will save the world” as she encourages others to see that her homeland is more than just a neighborhood. sudden.

iolinist artist Yulia Rubanova is one of 75 Ukrainian musicians who came together in the midst of Russia’s invasion of the country to deliver a message of defiance and hope.

A new BBC documentary, Ukraine’s Music Freedom Fighters with Clive Myrie, shows the presenter meeting the members of the orchestra and following them from rehearsing in Ukraine to the end. each other rehearsed for the first time as an orchestra in Warsaw for their first concert in July.

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Ukrainian Music Freedom Fighters with Clive Myrie, PORTRAIT, Yulia Rubanova, Clive Myrie, Picture Show: Clive Myrie with violinist, Yulia Rubanova, Warsaw, Poland, (Agata Grzybowska / BBC / PA)

The show sees Rubanova reunited with her parents in Vienna, Austria after they finally leave their hometown of Mariupol, where they have been together for three months.

She explained that for two months she didn’t know if her parents were still alive and that they had just happened to survive a rocket attack.

The musician told the PA news agency that she immediately agreed to join the Ukraine Freedom Orchestra when she was offered a place because she wanted to “be useful” to her country.

“This summer, we are all like cultural ambassadors, we can do something, we can be useful to our country,” she said.

The orchestra has toured across Europe and the Americas this past summer including a performance at the Royal Albert Hall for BBC Proms.

“We’ve been to many countries around the globe, and everywhere we’ve found that the audience has supported us,” says Rubanova.

“We feel that incredible energy and that’s important, giving you the strength to keep going because you’re exhausted from just hearing all the terrible news.

“It’s something that we also need for ourselves.”

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She added that even before they started performing at their concerts in London, New York and Washington, they received such a standing ovation that many musicians were moved to perform. solidarity.

Rubanova told PA that music was an important factor throughout her life as she grew up as a child of musicians, but it’s something she leans on especially during these difficult days amid the ongoing conflict. take place.

“In these tumultuous times, music really helps,” she said.

“I think music and love are the things that will save the world.”

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Ukrainian Music Freedom Fighters with Clive Myrie, PORTRAIT, Image program: Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra rehearsing at Polish National Opera, Warsaw, Visual program: Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra rehearsing at Polish National Opera, Warsaw Polish National Opera, Warsaw, Poland, (Agata Grzybowska / BBC / PA)

The musician added that she hopes the orchestra will help show the rest of the world that Ukraine is more than just conflict.

“We had to show the world that Ukraine has talented performers,” she said.

“Just as 30% of the orchestra’s musicians were already part of a European orchestra, they were recognized in Europe.

“And our message to the world is that Ukraine is not only at war, Ukraine has a lot to share, like composers and a lot of talented professional musicians. Ukraine has a very developed cultural layer”.

She added: “We also have to show the world that we exist and not let the world get tired of all the bad news.

“To show that we have a lot (to share) in the fields of science, in the fields of culture.

“We can do all that at a very high level and we deserve attention and we deserve support and help.”

Ukraine’s Music Freedom Fighters with Clive Myrie will air on 24 September at 7.35pm on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer and on BBC Four on 25 September.

A performance by the Ukraine Free Orchestra at BBC Proms will also be broadcast on BBC Four at 10pm on 25 September and available on iPlayer.

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