Appearing at St Peter’s Church, Belsize Park, the soloists will perform with the Whittington Festival Players under the baton of Andres Kaljuste at 7pm Wednesday 25 May
A benefit concert for Ukraine featuring two top string soloists will take place in north London on 25 May.
French-Korean violinist Irène Duval will play Mozart Violin Concerto no.5 Turkish, while British cellist Steven Isserlis will play Haydn Cello Concerto in C major. The soloists will be accompanied by the Whittington Festival Players, under the baton of Estonian conductor Andres Kaljuste.
The concert is particularly poignant for Isserlis, as it falls on the date he was due to perform in Odesa, the city where his father was born.
Kaljuste told The Strad, ’Musicians have felt powerless in the face of conflict and speaking through our instruments is one way we can express solidarity with the victims.’
The orchestra musicians will appear at the Whittington Festival in north Shropshire from 19 to 22 May and decided to add a London concert in support of humanitarian aid for Ukraine. The concert will involve many players from the festival, including Isserlis, the honorable patron of the Whittington Festival.
All artists have donated their services for the concert, with ticket proceeds to be split between UNICEF and DEC. There will be a retiring collection for the Lisa Batiashvilli Fund for Ukrainian Musicians
Wednesday 25 May 2022 - 7:00pm
St Peter’s Church, Belsize Park, London NW3 4HJ