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Global Violin Choir Performs Ukrainian Folk Tune

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Violinists from around the world have joined together virtually to perform the Ukrainian folk song "Verbovaya Doschechka" in support of Ukraine.

It started with young virtuoso Illia Bondarenko, who filmed himself playing in a basement shelter in Kyiv, at the request of Kerenza Peacock, a British violinist living in Los Angeles. Then it grew to 94 violinist from 29 countries. She said that Bondarenko "had to film in between explosions because he could not hear himself play."

After receiving Illia's video, Peacock put out a request to other violinists to join in. In 48 hours she received videos from 94 violinists, representing over 25 different countries.

Peacock noted, "Watching each video as it arrived in my inbox was very emotional. It seems like everyone is praying with their violins."

Video by Ryan Dilmore, mixed by Jake Jackson.


  • Amy Hershberger USA
  • Anastasiia Mordak UKRAINE
  • Anders Melhus NORWAY
  • Ann Matviienko UKRAINE
  • Archie McAllister SCOTLAND
  • Arve Moen Bergset NORWAY
  • Barbara Lamb USA
  • Ben Baker NEW ZEALAND
  • Brittany Haas USA
  • Carly Frey CANADA
  • Carmine Lauri MALTA
  • Carrie Kennedy USA
  • Chandra Meibalane USA
  • Charlie Bisharat USA
  • Chris Stout SCOTLAND
  • Clare Duckworth UK
  • Clio Gould UK
  • Daniel Bhattacharya CANADA
  • Daniel Hope IRELAND
  • Darragh Morgan IRISH
  • Dorette Nolte SOUTH AFRICA
  • Elisabete Gomes PORTUGAL
  • Erika Walczak USA
  • Gabe Witcher USA
  • Gemma White UK
  • Hanna Helgegren SWEDEN
  • Illia Bondarenko UKRAINE
  • Jen Simone USA
  • Joe Harrop NEW ZEALAND
  • Joel Pargman USA
  • Jonathan Morton BELGIUM
  • Julian Gil Rodriguez COLUMBIA
  • Kathleen Robertson USA
  • Ken Aiso JAPAN
  • Kerenza Peacock UK
  • Larisa Morgulis UKRAINE
  • Leah Andonov NORWAY
  • Leah Zeger USA
  • Lynda O Connor IRELAND
  • Manas Kumar INDIA
  • Marc Sazer USA
  • Maria Borud NORWAY
  • Mariam Maghradze NORWAY
  • Mariia Klymenko UKRAINE
  • Marije Ploemacher NETHERLANDS
  • Magnus Johnston UK
  • Mark O Connor USA
  • Maggie O Connor USA
  • Maxine Kwok UK
  • Maya Magub UK
  • Melissa Drake UK
  • Mette Tjaerby Korneliusen DENMARK
  • Michelle Shin SOUTH KOREA
  • Mio Kobayashi JAPAN
  • Molly Rogers USA
  • Naomi Rump UK
  • Natalia Lomeiko UK
  • Niels Aschehoug NORWAY
  • Nina Evtuhov USA
  • Oleksii Pshenychnikov UKRAINE
  • Olena Romaniuk UKRAINE
  • Paul Cartwright USA
  • Phillip Levy ISRAEL
  • Philip Nolte SOUTH AFRICA
  • Raja Halder WALES
  • Robert Taylor USA
  • Rusanda Panfili MOLDOVA
  • Sandip Halder INDIA
  • Sara Watkins USA
  • Sarah Quinn IRELAND
  • Sarah Sexton IRELAND
  • Tania Aliekseeva UKRAINE
  • Tatia Gvantseladze GERMANY
  • Tatmar Ebralidze GEORGIA
  • Temo Jaiani GEORGIA
  • Tristan Thery FRANCE
  • Valentyn Yembryk UKRAINE
  • Varvara Vasylieva UKRAINE
  • Violins of the Munich Chamber Orchestra GERMANY
  • Vitaliia Hrytsak UKRAINE
  • Yoshiyuki Asami JAPAN
  • Yuko Kawami JAPAN
  • Yun-jin Cho SOUTH KOREA
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