Ukranian choir returns to Malvern despite turmoil back home

Ukranian choir returns to Malvern despite turmoil back home

The Boyan Ensemble at St Michael’s Cathedral, Kiev, which was a refuge and field hospital during the revolution in January and February. Several of the Boyan members sing there during Sunday liturgies and on feast days.

Ukrainian soldiers march down Kiev's main street during military parade on the occasion of the 23rd anniversary of Ukraine's Independence, in the capital Kiev,Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. Ukraine's president has vowed to boost military spending by 4

Smoke billows over a residential apartment houses following shelling in the area in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, early Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. Ukraine has retaken control of much of its eastern territory bordering Russia in the last few weeks, but fierce figh

A pro-Russian rebel inspects the damage after shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. Ukraine has retaken control of much of its eastern territory bordering Russia in the last few weeks, but fierce fighting for the rebel-held cities o

Ukrainian missiles pass down Kiev's main street during a military parade to mark the 23rd anniversary of Ukraine's Independence, in the capital Kiev, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. Ukraine's president has vowed to boost military spending by 40 billion

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A UKRANIAN choir which has been visiting Malvern for over 20 years will return this autumn, in spite of turmoil in its homeland.

The Boyan Ensemble of Kiev has been delighting music lovers with annual UK tours since 1992, but because of the unrest between Ukraine and Russia, life has been hard for the singers in recent months.

Members have been threatened with conscription into the army and have lost much of their livelihood as the national economy has collapsed.

Margarete Rolle, the choir's Malvern-based UK representative, said: “The dire financial situation is a huge burden as the singers struggle to provide for their families.

“Restaurants, shops and other businesses have been closing down, and many of the members have lost their supplementary jobs singing in restaurants or working in some other capacity including music teaching, which used to help them get by. They need this tour more than ever to earn some real money."

Boyan member Mykhailo Babych said: "We are impatient to perform to our many fans, especially in Malvern. The town is like home to us in the UK - it’s where we spend our days of rest, relax with friends, climb the hills and enjoy clean air.

"Life in Kiev is not easy - there are many refugees from the war zone. Public concerts are not many, apart from when we are asked to sing at state occasions like the recent Independence Day celebrations in Kiev’s Independence Square. We don’t want complain about our circumstances - we just want perform in the UK where there is much appreciation for our singing."

Because this year's tour has been arranged so quickly, the search is on for people who can put choir members up for the nights when they pass through Malvern.

Anyone who can provide bed and breakfast on Monday, October 6, and Tuesday, October. 21 is urged to call 01684 892343.

The ensemble is performing in Great Malvern Priory on Tuesday, October 21. Tickets (£15-£18) are available from Rhubarb, 23 Church Street.

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8:28am Sun 28 Sep 14

`The Wall says...

I heard gypo joe wants to join the choir just so long as simmone and mandy are allowed too as well. he he a nice threesome reaching the high notes as gobbler joe conducts the toones!!! i see another defector to ukip joe wants his name and address and the reasons he chose for not being a tory boy!!!!
the tories are bottling it now they know ukip are pushing forward against those that break promises like cameron on immigration has done!!! or we'll give you a straight in or out vote on the EU of course dave went back on his word once he was elected; typical tory liar!!!!
joe cant stop the massive slide towards the right and can stay on his toilet paper bigging up the tory liars but no one is listening!!!
I heard gypo joe wants to join the choir just so long as simmone and mandy are allowed too as well. he he a nice threesome reaching the high notes as gobbler joe conducts the toones!!! i see another defector to ukip joe wants his name and address and the reasons he chose for not being a tory boy!!!! the tories are bottling it now they know ukip are pushing forward against those that break promises like cameron on immigration has done!!! or we'll give you a straight in or out vote on the EU of course dave went back on his word once he was elected; typical tory liar!!!! joe cant stop the massive slide towards the right and can stay on his toilet paper bigging up the tory liars but no one is listening!!! `The Wall
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8:52am Sun 28 Sep 14

Rock Music says...

`The Wall wrote:
I heard gypo joe wants to join the choir just so long as simmone and mandy are allowed too as well. he he a nice threesome reaching the high notes as gobbler joe conducts the toones!!! i see another defector to ukip joe wants his name and address and the reasons he chose for not being a tory boy!!!! the tories are bottling it now they know ukip are pushing forward against those that break promises like cameron on immigration has done!!! or we'll give you a straight in or out vote on the EU of course dave went back on his word once he was elected; typical tory liar!!!! joe cant stop the massive slide towards the right and can stay on his toilet paper bigging up the tory liars but no one is listening!!!
I heard the "Ed"" has a "5 thoughts of the week" thingy goin on over there its a sort of idea of whats going on in "Ed's" head for the week >> like he wants more women to breast feed "anywhere" at "anytime" really pervy comment just because a screaming sprog wants feeding is NOT a reason to beast feed a sprog ANYWHERE you clown!
Oh yeah im informed also that "Eds" wife needs to slim down a bit as she is on the heavy side! so much then for Gypo Joe calling women "fat tarts" in a generalising of women! Ahh Ahh Ahh love it

Perhaps it should be renamed "5 f@rts of the week" seeing it is all smelly hot air coming from the paper which has lost 30 odd pages although i am informed that last week it reached almost 80 pages by giving full blown adverts for the price of a small advert! anything to keep the page numbers up! desperate times mean desperate measures!

Ahh Ahh even Gypo Joe cant stop the slide down the main sewer pipe by working 365 days a year no holiday or break as he desperately tries to stop the slide down the toilet >>
[quote][p][bold]`The Wall[/bold] wrote: I heard gypo joe wants to join the choir just so long as simmone and mandy are allowed too as well. he he a nice threesome reaching the high notes as gobbler joe conducts the toones!!! i see another defector to ukip joe wants his name and address and the reasons he chose for not being a tory boy!!!! the tories are bottling it now they know ukip are pushing forward against those that break promises like cameron on immigration has done!!! or we'll give you a straight in or out vote on the EU of course dave went back on his word once he was elected; typical tory liar!!!! joe cant stop the massive slide towards the right and can stay on his toilet paper bigging up the tory liars but no one is listening!!![/p][/quote]I heard the "Ed"" has a "5 thoughts of the week" thingy goin on over there its a sort of idea of whats going on in "Ed's" head for the week >> like he wants more women to breast feed "anywhere" at "anytime" really pervy comment just because a screaming sprog wants feeding is NOT a reason to beast feed a sprog ANYWHERE you clown! Oh yeah im informed also that "Eds" wife needs to slim down a bit as she is on the heavy side! so much then for Gypo Joe calling women "fat tarts" in a generalising of women! Ahh Ahh Ahh love it Perhaps it should be renamed "5 f@rts of the week" seeing it is all smelly hot air coming from the paper which has lost 30 odd pages although i am informed that last week it reached almost 80 pages by giving full blown adverts for the price of a small advert! anything to keep the page numbers up! desperate times mean desperate measures! Ahh Ahh even Gypo Joe cant stop the slide down the main sewer pipe by working 365 days a year no holiday or break as he desperately tries to stop the slide down the toilet >> Rock Music
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9:11am Sun 28 Sep 14

fast food says...

cul de sac wrote:
i was reading about this scroat gypo joe on a forum the other day where he boasts about some poice station carter street? is that anywhere near luffbraa junction? lol feed the muppet a fiction ream and sit back and watch the scroat use them thinking he`s on to something....... :P
KEeping miles in front of joe is a pleasing thought - giving him the runaround is a jolly good pastime ! !


THank you


ROFL
[quote][p][bold]cul de sac[/bold] wrote: i was reading about this scroat gypo joe on a forum the other day where he boasts about some poice station carter street? is that anywhere near luffbraa junction? lol feed the muppet a fiction ream and sit back and watch the scroat use them thinking he`s on to something....... :P[/p][/quote]KEeping miles in front of joe is a pleasing thought - giving him the runaround is a jolly good pastime ! ! THank you ROFL fast food
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9:17am Sun 28 Sep 14

Golden Broomboi says...

fast food wrote:
cul de sac wrote: i was reading about this scroat gypo joe on a forum the other day where he boasts about some poice station carter street? is that anywhere near luffbraa junction? lol feed the muppet a fiction ream and sit back and watch the scroat use them thinking he`s on to something....... :P
KEeping miles in front of joe is a pleasing thought - giving him the runaround is a jolly good pastime ! ! THank you ROFL
Seconded that Boi ..... he he he =(

shame he cant find us posting every day on "other" newspapers ?

We only post our thoughts about him so he can find them and have a read

.....otherwise he cant find us posting about the topics we choose to post about all over the country...... he he he
[quote][p][bold]fast food[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cul de sac[/bold] wrote: i was reading about this scroat gypo joe on a forum the other day where he boasts about some poice station carter street? is that anywhere near luffbraa junction? lol feed the muppet a fiction ream and sit back and watch the scroat use them thinking he`s on to something....... :P[/p][/quote]KEeping miles in front of joe is a pleasing thought - giving him the runaround is a jolly good pastime ! ! THank you ROFL[/p][/quote]Seconded that Boi ..... he he he =( shame he cant find us posting every day on "other" newspapers ? We only post our thoughts about him so he can find them and have a read .....otherwise he cant find us posting about the topics we choose to post about all over the country...... he he he Golden Broomboi
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