Musicians for Peace Mariupolis

A collaborative project between Musicians for Peace and The Riverside in association with Friends of Refugees Suffolk and Woodbridge School

Main sponsors are Chapel Properties and Deben Inns with associate sponsors The Bull Inn, Video East and Finbra

On the 22nd March 2022 a concert was held at The Old Chapel on Chapel Street in Woodbridge in aid of those fleeing the conflict in Ukraine. A String Quartet Concert featuring four outstanding musicians, Clio Gould and Jon Morton, violin, Becky Low, viola and Clare O’Connell, cello.

The Chapel Street, Woodbridge families who took the initiative, formed Musicians for Peace and presented the concert have international music backgrounds, van Walsum in management and Morton/Gould are distinguished performers. The response to the concert on 22 March was overwhelming and as a result further concerts are being planned. Watch this space!

The Music – String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, op. 110 (Dmitri Shostakovich)

The Poetry – Nothing But Dirt by Karl Tearney read by Shona Norman (Head Teacher, Woodbridge School)

The Film – Mariupolis (2016) by Mantas Kvedaravičius

The images emerging from the Ukrainian city of Mariupol have horrified the world.  Kvedaravičius’s film captures his adopted home city as it was, set against the backdrop of an earlier stage in the Russian onslaught – and this haunting time capsule is made even more poignant by the death of its director, killed by Russian forces while fleeing the city on 2 April 2022.

Mariupolis is less a film about war than a film about trying to live a normal life while war rages behind you. Bus drivers plan shifts; a cobbler repairs shoes; a steel mill continues making the stuff of industry; the conflict is largely off-screen.

‘The idea was to show the course of life during wartime — how regular people carry on with their everyday lives mere steps away from a war zone, gunshots, explosions and death. It is a film about the pricelessness of every second of life. It is not about war, but about life next to war and lived in spite of war’ said Kvedaravičius.

6pm – Introduction by Joeske van Walsum and Neil McGlone

6:05pm – The concert film by Musicians for Peace filmed by Tim Curtis (Life on the Deben, Stanleys War)

6:35pm – Comfort Break

6:50pm – Introduction to Mariupolis by Neil McGlone

6:55pm – Mariupolis

8:30pm - End

Programme Type: Film

Director: Mantas Kvedaravicius

Certificate: 12A

Running Time: 150 minutes

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