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Twickenham Fest raises funds for Ukrainian refugees

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – As the Russian-Ukrainian conflict continues, local organizations are finding ways to raise money for refugees. The latest to join the group: Twickenham Fest.

Twickenham Fest is hosting a candlelight concert on April 8 and 9 – with part of the proceeds going to the Ukrainian Red Cross.

Twickenham Fest co-founder Matt McDonald wanted to include music by a Ukrainian composer in his upcoming shows. So he found a piece called “Beyond Body and Soul” by Hanna Havryletz. The contemporary violin piece reflects themes of war, conflict and resolution.

In order to compensate the composer for her work, executive director Bronwen Murray tried to get in touch with Havryletz via social media – but discovered that Havryletz had died on February 26 in kyiv during the air raids.

She had heart problems and could not receive medical treatment in time. Twickenham Fest has decided to dedicate these upcoming performances to her and all Ukrainian refugees.

“What we’re doing that’s different from years past is we’re going to light the stage in Hanna’s honor,” Murray explained. “So we’re asking for $10 donations and we’ll take a candle and put it on the stage for you.”

Twickenham Fest is also accepting donations from anyone unable to attend the concerts. You can buy tickets or donate here.


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