Post Festival Benefit Conference for the Ukraine

Whittington Music Festival organisers are delighted that the post-Festival benefit concert for Ukraine was a huge success.

The concert, in St Peter’s Church, Belsize Park, North London, was organised when the Festival Patron, noted cellist Steven Isserlis CBE, was unable to perform at a planned concert in Odessa where his father was born. Arrangements were then made with Whittington Festival’s Artistic Director Sophia Rahman for a benefit concert on the day of the planned Odessa concert featuring violinist Irène Duval and cellist Steven Isserlis performing with the Whittington Festival Players under the baton of Whittington regular Andres Kaljuste.

A spokesman for Whittington Music Festival said, “We were delighted to be involved with this concert for Ukraine given by musicians who had just left North Shropshire and to provide online support for concert bookings and donations.

“With the musicians giving their services free we are very pleased that some £3,000 was raised for the Ukraine appeals by UNICEF and the UK Disasters Emergency Committee. It is still possible to give donations through the Festival website:

“Last week Whittington Music Festival brought an audience from across Shropshire and further afield, with some who live as far as Cornwall and Cumbria. Others had come across the festival while on holiday, and one couple had walked from the nearby canal and plan to come back next year. The London concert of course introduced that audience to the quality of music that Whittington Music Festival has to offer and several remarked that they would like to come to Shropshire for next year’s Festival.

“With the success of this London concert, we want to see if it is possible to arrange another one, perhaps at the end of next year’s Festival.”