Student musicians support Ukraine

5 Apr 2023
Line up of musicians

University of Winchester student musicians banded together to support a humanitarian charity at a Spring Cabaret Concert.

Star of the show was special guest, jazz accordion virtuoso, Volodymyr Vasylenko, who fled his native Ukraine to be with his family and to raise money for his homeland.

Volodymyr, his wife Anna and son Myron now live in the centre of Winchester.

The cabaret held in the University’s Chapel was in aid of the International Medical Corps which provides humanitarian assistance on the ground in war-torn Ukraine and the surrounding region.

Volodymyr was accompanied by the University of Winchester Folk Band and the evening also featured performances by Katy McCabe, Xinyue Zhao, Alex Jeffrey, Aoife Douggan, Amy Weller & Brage Kindem, Rachel Fisher and Adam Blosse and Natalia Sorkina.

Most of the music was taken from stage musicals.

Winchester is a University of Sanctuary. It offers a number of Ukrainian students bursaries and does its best to support students who are refugees in higher education. 

University music director Neil Valentine said: “Volodymyr is fabulous. He’s ridiculously good and plays with such expression. We’re looking for more opportunities for him to play with us in the next academic year and at a City of Sanctuary event in June.”

Donations can be made at  International Medical Corps. More pictures can be seen at

Pictured above: Neil Valentine, Alex Jeffrey, Volodymyr Vasylenko, Joseph Searle and Amy Adams. Picture by Emma Lomas.


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