Sun. Feb 5th, 2023

‘The Magical Music of Harry Potter’ tour got here to Liège in Belgium on 16 November. An distinctive efficiency by the Ukrainian Khmelnitsky Orchestra and actor Chris Rankin (who performed Percy Weasley within the movies), who was the presenter and host.

The Khmelnitsky Orchestra have been touring throughout Europe, performing excerpts from the movie soundtracks of five-time Oscar winner John Williams, Patrick Doyle, and Nicolas Hooper.

Our Deputy Ambassador Chloe Louter and the Ukrainian Chargé d’Affaires Natalia Anoshyna had the honour of happening stage to share a couple of phrases after a touching closing efficiency of the Ukrainian nationwide anthem. They spoke of the enduring cultural influence of Harry Potter, the heroic Ukrainian battle and the sturdy UK-Ukrainian friendship.

Deputy Ambassador Chloe Louter stated:

I used to be delighted to listen to that the Khmelnitsky Orchestra could be performing the Magical Music of Harry Potter right here in Belgium. It’s an unbelievable honour to have such an iconic a part of British tradition being carried out by a Ukrainian orchestra. It’s also becoming in a sure sense. The Harry Potter books and movies train us the values of braveness, friendship and perseverance via a fictional story. Ukrainians at this time are displaying us the which means of those values in actual life, as they struggle to defend their freedom. The UK will stand in friendship with the folks of Ukraine and help them in any means we will.

The UK’s help to Ukraine goes past defence, financial and humanitarian means. That is why the British Embassy to Belgium was eager to help Ukrainian artists showcase their expertise at a time when Ukraine’s tradition and values are below assault.

The UK has been on the forefront of worldwide help for Ukraine for the reason that begin of Russia’s premeditated and barbaric assault. Our complete navy, humanitarian and financial help now quantities to just about £4 billion, together with a £50m package deal to help air defence, which was introduced by the Prime Minister on his go to to Kyiv on November 19. The UK authorities is supporting investigations by the Ukrainian authorities and the Worldwide Felony Court docket into atrocities dedicated in Ukraine to ensure that these liable for these acts are held to account.

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