Odesa Philharmonic scheduled recording the Ukrainian Anthem for WP4U – but it was cancelled due to Russian attacks

Today on the 10th of October it was scheduled to make a special recording of the Ukrainian Anthem for our international video project. However, when I arrived at the philharmonic I just saw some disappointed musicians standing around. The recording was canceled. All night long alarms of the possible attack were turned on. Right at that moment, when I talked with them, I heard a loud thunder-like sound in the sky. „This was probably a drone shot down by our military“ – one of the musicians told me. „Here in Odesa, we are pretty safe, thanks to our military“ – Today it’s canceled, but maybe the recording would take place tomorrow – or not. Nobody knows.


Igor Chernetsky, the conductor of Odesa Opera who was due to conduct this recording, showed me his missile-warning app. All red!! This had not happened since the very first attacks on the 24th of February 2022. The Russians had launched the most horrible attacks all over the country. And I was right in Odesa – kind of a strange feeling. From many people I was told: „it’s like the 24th of February – with one difference: We are not afraid anymore!“

Cello player Artem plays baroque music – that gives him peace in the middle of danger. He feels a direct connection to God through Bach’s music – and other baroque.

Since Monday whole of Ukraine had been attacked  – it is revenge for the attack on Kertsch-Bridge. Ukrainians dare to defend themselves.

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