Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra

The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine is to play at Norwich Theare Royal next year as part of a 17-date tour of the UK.

The orchestra will return to tour the UK for the first time in more than 20 years next autumn.

The programme will feature specially selected pieces by Ukrainian composer, Boris Lyatoshynsky (1895–1968), whose works the NSOU have premiered in the past. It will also include Sibelius’ Finlandia, and Strauss’ Don Juan.

Alexander Hornostai, the orchestra’s managing director and producer, said: “The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine has been an important part of the country’s culture for over 100 years, and we have been performing and rehearsing in Kiev since we were first established in 1918.

“Whilst this war has had a dramatic impact on Ukrainian lives, we took the decision early on that we had an important role to play in continuing to perform, in order to protect and showcase Ukrainian musical culture and show that there is more to our country than just the conflict.

“We are deeply grateful to the UK venues and tour promoters who are working with us to ensure this ambitious tour happens. We can’t wait to return to the UK after more than two decades and have the opportunity to perform to UK audiences all over the country.”

Norwich Theatre chief executive Stephen Crocker said: “As a Theatre of Sanctuary, we are honoured to be a part of this tour and support a bold and brave act of cultural expression and defiance against many odds.”

Tickets are on sale now for the concert on 5 November 2023.

The tour is also fundraising via a Justgiving page to support the orchestra and the continuation of Ukraine’s musical culture during the current conflict.