Musicians of the world´s professional orchestras unite for Ukraine

and perform the theme of Beethoven’s Ninth and the anthem of Ukraine in a video.

Dear colleagues,

as musicians we want to send a sign of solidarity and hope to the citizens in Ukraine and to our colleagues there. Our initiative has its origins in Bonn, the native town of Beethoven, and is linked to the opera orchestra in Odessa.  We cordially ask you to join our initiative.

Together we want to produce a music video in which many musicians from leading European orchestras play the theme from Beethoven’s Ninth and the anthem of Ukraine. The combination of these musical themes is intended to underline our wish for an early end to the completely senseless Russian war of aggression and soon lasting peace in Ukraine. Through the power of music, we as Europeans want to underline our close bond with the Ukrainian people. You too can join in. It would be great to have you on board!

Please forward this invitation to your musician friends today! See and hear you soon!

Kind regards

Christoph Müller (Bonn)
Stas Sagdeev (Odessa)
Polina Kelm (Kyiv)

So far, musicians from the following orchestras have participated

Beethoven Orchestra, Bonn
WDR Symphony Orchestra
New Philharmonic Orchestra Westphalia
SWR Symphony Orchestra
Cologne Conservatory
Detmold College of Music
German Pops Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Bigband of the German Armed Forces
SWR Big Band
NDR Big Band

(as of May 20, 2022)

Here is what you should do:

  1. Download the sheet music for your part and the prerecorded audio track  here
  2. Use headphones when listening to the prerecorded track so that this cannot be heard on your video. Use another device to film yourself; a smartphone will work well. The tuning is 440 HZ
  3. Record in landscape mode; frame rate 30 frames per second (fps), make sure the video recording option is set to a good resolution (ideally FullHD).
  4. At the very beginning of the prerecorded piece, identify yourself by showing your name, orchestra, and country on a white sheet of paper, and hold it in front of the camera.
  5. After that, you will hear 4 beats to count you in, and then 4 beats to clap your hands to. We need this for our synchronizing all the videos later.
  6. After a short pause, the actual count-in will start, you will hear the prerecorded track, and you can add your part to it. (Attention: Part D is tacet!) 
  7. Do not film AGAINST the light!
  8. Please place the camera at eye level.
  9. If the score contains more than one parts for your instrument, you can decide whether you want to record one or more parts. But please indicate on your initial identification sheet which part(s) you play.
  10. Afterwards upload your recording with the upload button below. 
  11. If for some reason the video upload on this page is difficult for you, please send us your video via WeTransfer to: info@weplay4ukraine.com

Your Contribution for the Project

The deadline for entries is 31 May, 11:59pm 
Please understand that we cannot wait for your contribution after this date:
We want our musical message to reach Odessa as soon as possible, as unfortunately this city is also increasingly becoming a focus of the war.

Please note the following before uploading your video:
You cannot enforce the claim to have your video published.
We reserve the right to mark your name, nationality and, if applicable, your ensemble affiliation in the video: The global diversity among the contributors should – in the spirit of the project’s message – be recognizable at first glance for the viewers, in the final video!

Any monetary proceeds that may arise from the public use of the final video, will be directed to the charity account of the Fund for Cultural Restoration of the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine.

Please make sure to submit your video file as well !
If the upload bar has reached 100%, your video has NOT yet been submitted!
Finally also press the button “Upload data & video” to transmit your work! Thank you!








    Project Initiators
    Representative of Ukraine Musicians
    Supporter
    Vyacheslav Chernuho-Volich
    Principal conductor Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre
    Chris Walden
    7-time Grammy® nominee, German composer/arranger/conductor, works in Hollywood
    Prof. Bernd Ruf
    Music Director GermanPops Orchestra, Conductor / Clarinetist / University lecturer (Musikhochschule Lübeck)
    Peter Fisher
    British violinist, soloist, chamber musician and orchestra director
    Prof. Maria Kliegel
    Professor of Cello at the "Hochschule für Musik" Cologne, Germany
    MATTHIAS HÖFS
    Professor for trumpet at the "Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg" / member of GERMAN BRASS
    Prof. Norbert Stertz
    University lecturer / Professor for horn at the "Hochschule für Musik Detmold"
    DIRK KAFTAN
    General Music Director of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn and the Bonn Opera House
    Klenke Quartett
    Annegret Klenke (1st violin), Beate Hartmann (2nd violin), Yvonne Uhlemann (viola) and Ruth Kaltenhäuser (cello)
    JIGGS Whigham
    Jazz legend
    JÜRGEN SCHILD
    Trumpet Player, WDR symphonic orchestra
    ERNST HUTTER
    German Trombone Player/ Composer / Arranger
    Christian Stach
    Orchestra executive committee WDR
    Simona song
    Violonist, Bejing - China