London: Words of Resilience - A Literary Benefit for Kyiv Children's Hospital

In-Person & Filmed Live for Later Streaming
16 October 2022

A Benefit Tribute featuring the Contemporary Voices of Ukrainian Literature. From left: Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey), Chris Eccleston (Dodger), MyAnna Buring (The Witcher), Harry Lloyd (Game of Thrones), Simon Callow (Four Weddings and a Funeral) & Maryam D'Abo (The Living Daylights) take to the stage to bring to life Ukrainian Stories & Poems. Alla Sirenko, Ukrainian composer & Concert pianist, will evoke the heart and soul of Ukraine with her original compositions. Special Thanks to Words Without Borders

Words of Resilience: A Benefit for Ukraine

In-Person & Filmed Live for Later Streaming

16 October 2022 Sunday 03:00pm (UK)

LONDON 3 PM MATINEE: A Benefit Tribute to the Contemporary Voices of Ukrainian Literature. Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey), Chris Eccleston (Dodger), MyAnna Buring (The Witcher), Harry Lloyd (Game of Thrones), Simon Callow (Four Weddings and a Funeral) & Maryam D'Abo (The Living Daylights) bring to life Ukrainian Stories & Poems with Alla Sirenko, Ukrainian composer and concert pianist who will evoke the heart and soul of Ukraine with her original piano compositions. This event will take place at London's Crazy Coqs where seating is extremely limited!

Ukraine has produced wonderful authors of fiction, non-fiction and poetry and many celebrated musicians. WORDTheatre is shining a spotlight on Ukraine’s rich literary culture to remind us of how much we all have in common. We are raising much needed funds for the country’s children.

Alla Sirenko, Ukrainian pianist and composer, will weave the stories and poems together with her playing, as this extraordinary cast of actors shines a spotlight on Ukrainian authors in tribute and prayer.

A minimum of £10 from each ticket will go directly to the purchase of equipment for Okhmatdyt (Kyiv Children’s Hospital is the largest in the country). All donations will be delivered via the Ukrainian Cultural Association of the UK and you can rest assured that they will be received.

 

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Talent

From left: Lesley Nicol, Maryam D’abo, Simon Callow, Harry Lloyd, MyAnna Buring & Christopher Eccleston, step into stories and poems by some of Ukraine’s finest writers.

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Authors

Words of Resistance: A Benefit Tribute to Ukrainian Authors featuring Alla Sirenko performing original piano compositions that evoke the heart & soul of Ukraine.

“A Tribe of Ghosts,” an essay written and read by Kate Ryan

Alla Sirenko & Maryam d’Abo perform  “O Madonna of Madonnas,” a poem by Iryna Senyk. Translated from Ukrainian by Christine Borsuk

Lesley Nicol performs “Conservation,” a story by Kseniya Fuchs. Translated from Ukrainian by Ali Kinsella.
From Words Without Borders

Simon Callow performs “Not a poem in 40 days…,” a poem by Borys Humenyuk. Translated from Ukrainian by Oksana Maksymchuk and Max Rosochinsky.
From Words for War: New Poems from Ukraine.

Harry Lloyd performs “A War Diary,” a journal by Artem Chapeye.
From PEN Ukraine.

Christopher Eccleston performs  “Our platoon commander…,” a poem by Borys Humenyuk. Translated from Ukrainian by Oksana Maksymchuk and Max Rosochinsky.
From Words for War: New Poems from Ukraine

MyAnna Buring performs “Your Ad Goes Here,” a story by Oksana Zabuzhko. Translated from Ukrainian by Halyna Hryn
From Your Ad Could Go Here: Stories  by Oksana Zabuzhko (Author), Nina Murray (Editor, Translator), Halyna Hryn (Translator), Askold Melnyczuk (Translator)

Harry Lloyd performs “Latifa,” a poem by Ostap Slyvinsky. Translated from Ukrainian by Anton Tenser and Tatiana Filimonova
From Words for War: New Poems from Ukraine

Simon Callow, Christopher Eccleston, & Lesley Nicol perform “April 2045: The Hole,” a story by Taras Antypovych. Translated from Ukrainian by Uilleam Blacker
From Words Without Borders

Alla Sirenko & Maryam d’Abo perform “The Return,” a poem by Lyuba Yakimchuk

Alla Sirenko, Composer and Concert Pianist

Alla Sirenko’s composition style has been described by critics as ‘magic realism’. She is one of the most prominent composers and pianists that emerged from Ukraine in recent years and her works have gained recognition in Europe and beyond. She has 3 Degree Diplomas: from the Kyiv Conservatory as a pianist, from the Tallinn Conservatory as an organist and from the Lviv Conservatory as a composer. She also studied at Cambridge, Moscow and Lubeck.

Alla was the first Ukrainian composer to be premièred at the Royal Opera House, London through her opera-fantasy The Golden Penguin. She was for 10 years a Composer in Residence for the Lviv Opera House in Ukraine, where her operas and ballets became part of their main repertoire there. In addition, Alla continues to work for Sony Music Publishing and Warner Brothers as a film composer.

Her composition and performance of Ave Maria, especially commissioned for the late Pope’s visit to Ukraine, was televised to several million people around the world. Some of her latest commissions include Mosaics of the Sea for 2 French Horns and orchestra for soloists from London Symphonia for Dartington Festival, and the chamber opera “Antract for Primadonna”, based on life of the friend of Puccini, the Ukrainian famous singer-Solomia Krushelnitska for The Lviv Opera Theatre.

Alla was for the last six years the Composer in Residence, Producer and Artistic director of the Ukrainian Cathedral Concert Hall in Mayfair, London, where she was organising classical concerts and events regularly. In the autumn 2020 year she became President of the Ukrainian Cultural Association in the United Kingdom (UCA-UK),  www.ucauk.com where various cultural and music events takes place regularly to promote the best Ukrainian and International talent in the UK and beyond,  and to help for vulnerable people in Ukraine through charitable donations from these events.

 

 

 

 

 

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