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Cambridgeshire composer Michael Lawson and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra release Song for Ukraine

Cambridgeshire-based composer Michael Lawson and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra have released a composition to mark the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Michael Lawson’s Song for Ukraine, a lyrical tribute to the Ukrainian people, is raising funds for UNICEF’s Ukraine Children’s Appeal, and the Ukraine-based children’s Hospice of Hope.

Violin with bow and music sheet. Picture: iStock
Violin with bow and music sheet. Picture: iStock

Performed by Philip Martens (violin) and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by John Walton, the music was recorded in February 2024 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Song for Ukraine is now available for digital download across all major streaming platforms. Radio listeners are also encouraged to request the piece on programmes such as Classic FM Record Requests.

Michael Lawson, who lives in the village of Easton, said: “Song for Ukraine is a song without words in music of nobility and hope, written in the style of a classical violin concerto.

“After two years of suffering for millions of Ukrainian children and their families, I hope that this project will keep the war at the forefront of public concern.

“I know that UNICEF’s Ukraine appeal and the Hospice of Hope will ensure that funds raised are put to the best possible use.”

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Conductor John Walton added: “It was a privilege to conduct Michael Lawson’s beautiful and skilfully-crafted music.

“The orchestra were touched by its depth and nobility, and I am honoured to be associated with this initiative to help Ukraine’s children.”

A video documentary of the recording session at the Milestone Studios in Cape Town can be viewed here.

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