Foundation News

24 March

The Chamber Choir Releases Ukraine Charity Single

Following on from the raft of fundraising efforts in the early part of March, Senior School musicians have this week, released their own charity single to raise funds as quickly as possible for those in need in Ukraine.

The single, performed by The King’s Worcester Chamber Choir, is the Ukraine song called Shchedryk; written in 1916 by Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych is now available for download across major streaming platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Apple Music and Spotify.

The single is the first of its kind to be released from King’s and pupils and staff are aiming to continue to raise as much money as possible, with all proceeds from the release going towards helping those in need in Ukraine.

Shchedryk by King's Chamber Choir

Director of Music, Simon Taranczuk said,“Amidst the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, the message that we send to those in a time of desperation is so important. By releasing this single pupils wanted to do something that sends a message of hope, love and goodwill from our community to all those in Ukraine. We hope the single spreads far and wide and we are grateful to all for their support in listening to and sharing the single.”

The single’s soloist and King’s Sixth Form student Sophie Lloyd added, “Despite the short notice of being asked to be involved, we all put our heart and into this as we know it is for such an important cause. The single release doesn’t just give hope and support to those in Ukraine, but also to those at war in other countries too.  It was a real honour to be part of this and to be able to reach out to so many people across the world and give them a little bit of hope to just keep going.”

So far pupils across The King’s Foundation have raised a staggering £6,500 to support their chosen charity, Save the Children via the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). The charity days organised by the pupils saw pupils and staff across The Foundation wear yellow and blue, run popular cake sales, make flags and raise money via concerts and events. Some Sixth Formers also donated their salaries from their part-time jobs to support the fundraising efforts. Donations can still be made via the Just Giving Page here.

The Ukraine Charity single is available to download from all major streaming platforms including iTunes, Amazon Music, Apple Music and Spotify. All proceeds from the downloads will be passed directly to the DEC Ukraine fundraising efforts.

On the 2nd March a recording of Shchedryk was first made during the school’s Ash Wednesday service and sent to schools in Kyiv to show solidarity with them. In addition, the video was shared on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, most notably by journalist John Sweeney who was reporting from Kyiv itself, and quickly received nearly 400,000 views, many of which were in Ukraine.

Many people will recognise this song, perhaps as one they hear during the Christmas festivities. The song was originally a folk song to herald the coming of spring. It tells of a swallow flying into a household to proclaim the plentiful year that the family will enjoy. The song’s title is derived from the Ukrainian word “shchedryj,” which means “bountiful.” Very few people realise that Shchedryk was composed and performed during a previous time of intense political struggle and social upheaval in Ukraine.