BBC Proms 2022: Ukrainian refugee orchestra among the line-up


An orchestra of Ukrainian refugees will take centre stage at this year’s Proms, alongside concerts by Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Cynthia Erivo.

The newly-formed Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra features players who recently fled the war, alongside Ukrainian musicians from European orchestras.

Ukraine is granting an exemption to the military-age male musicians, allowing them to leave the country and play.

Conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson said they would “honour those who have died”.

The orchestra will perform at the Proms on 31 July, two weeks after the Proms season launches.