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OIs Due to Take Part in Music and Art Event to Support Ukraine to be Held at Ipswich School

Old Ipswichians, Ipswich School pupils and staff are due to take part in a concert, the 'Music and Art for Ukraine' event on Friday 31st March 2023.
15 Mar 2023
Alumni News
Art by Ms Shevchenko available to purchase at the event. Titled 'Hope', mixed media, 100x100cm
Art by Ms Shevchenko available to purchase at the event. Titled 'Hope', mixed media, 100x100cm

Following the successful charity collection for Ukraine before Christmas, Ms Shevchenko (a textile teacher at Ipswich School) has joined forces with the Music Department for another charity event. Despite it being over a year since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, civilians still need maximum support from charity efforts overseas, and Ipswich School will once again be supporting the Kyiv school for deaf children, where Ms Shevsheko’s mother works.

Instead of creating boxes of goodies to support Ukranians, funds are needed to create a psychological and physical rehabiliation space. The Russian army continue to use life-threatening tactics to harm the civilians in Ukraine and there has been an increase in landmines dropped in populous areas, causing grave consequences, especially for children.

The centre of rehabilitation will heal the wounded and educate children on the dangers of landmines and other explosive devices planted. This new space will need new windows and doors, as well as educational equipment such as an interactive boards and computers.

To raise money for the new space, both the Art and Music Departments at Ipswich School are using their skills. Last year a concert organised by Mrs Williams raised nearly £1000, which they are hoping to emulate this year with another concert being given by some of the visiting music teachers, current pupils, and recent OIs. Solo and group performances can be enjoyed, and there will also be performances from the orchestra Camerata and the choir Cantores, which was formed specifically for this occasion.

In addition to the performance, local artists are joining together in an art sale. A range of different types of art will be available to
buy, with prices ranging from £50 to £800, including pieces by School staff, Rev Holly, Mr Bartrum and Ms Shevchenko and a Ukrainian refugee, Oleksandra Zumailova.

The concert will take place on Friday 31 March at 7.30pm in the Great School and Little School. The art exhibition will be available to view from 7pm, with sales taking place in the interval, and an auction of some of the larger pieces at the end of the evening.
Tickets will be available on the door, with a suggested donation of £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.

This is a fantastic opportunity to raise money for a worthy cause, as continued support needs to be shown towards the people of
Ukraine suffering in the war.

Article by Isabel M, Year 13


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