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A concert will be taking place at Westacre Theatre in July to raise money for Ukrainian refugees.

The bring-your-own-picnic event will be situated in the lake-side grounds of the theatre on Sunday, July 3 from 11am until 2pm.

Organisers Stuart McGugan, an actor who has appeared on television including an episode of Dad's Army, and his wife Cordelia said: "Professional musicians across the county are pulling out all the stops to help raise funds for people fleeing Ukraine and seeking refuge in West Norfolk.

Westacre Theatre (53270406)
Westacre Theatre (53270406)

"It’s amazing. We put out a call for musicians to help, and the phone hasn’t stopped.

"Thanks to a network of local musicians, we are planning to raise money for all Ukrainian refugees in Norfolk."

The couple are expecting two refugees from the war in Ukraine any day now, both young violinists.

Ukrainian singer Bogdana who is a refugee living in Swaffham will sing at the Musicians for Ukraine concert at Westacre Theatre. Photo supplied.
Ukrainian singer Bogdana who is a refugee living in Swaffham will sing at the Musicians for Ukraine concert at Westacre Theatre. Photo supplied.

Cordelia said: "We’ve had offers of help from musicians all over Norfolk and joining us now is a young Ukrainian singer who has performed all over Europe, seventeen-year-old Bogdana, who has come to live in Swaffham with her mother and brother, thanks to bassoonists Julie and Richard Andrews.

Wonderful musicians will be performing, also including harpist Xenia Horne, classical violinists Ben Wragg, Emma Crossley and Mitch McGugan, cellist David Bucknall, Brazilian guitarist Estevão Devides, and the Eastern/Turkish Buhara Ensemble.

"There’s even word of a hurdy-gurdy.

Harpist Xenia Horne will perform at the Musicians for Ukraine concert at Westacre Theatre. Photo credit: Mark Pugh
Harpist Xenia Horne will perform at the Musicians for Ukraine concert at Westacre Theatre. Photo credit: Mark Pugh

"The bar will be open serving drinks and snacks, so come with a rug and a picnic, and enjoy supporting a great cause, while being royally entertained.

"Tickets are £15, Ukrainians and Under-16s free, further donations welcomed on the door."

Xenia Horne, harpist said: " I am delighted to support the concert as my grandmother and great aunt were refugees fleeing war.

"It’s so wonderful to see the warmth and energy of musicians and communities coming together to welcome Ukrainians.

Mitch McGugan will be performing at the Musicians for Ukraine concert at Westacre Theatre. (57345576)
Mitch McGugan will be performing at the Musicians for Ukraine concert at Westacre Theatre. (57345576)
Firdevs Eke Photo credit: Nick White (57369417)
Firdevs Eke Photo credit: Nick White (57369417)

"I am looking forward to opening the event with relaxing harp music which will include Ukrainian folk tunes."



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