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Home Office agrees to waive £18k visa fees for Ukrainian orchestra


T he Home Office has agreed to waive visa fees for a Ukrainian orchestra facing a £18,000 bill to perform at the BBC Proms in a “show of solidarity” with Kyiv. The Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra, which includes refugee musicians fleeing Vladimir Putin’s war, had faced a battle to secure the funding to perform at the Proms and the Edinburgh International Festival. The orchestra, led by Ukrainian-Canadian conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson, features musicians from some of Ukraine’s leading classical music groups. The Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra was put together in conjunction with the New York-based Metropolitan Opera and the Polish National Opera. The orchestra has also been given public backing by Ukraine’s culture minister Oleksandr Tkachenko, who said his country’s art “is original and deserves to be at the centre of attention abroad.”


Source: Stuff June 30, 2022 21:33 UTC



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