An Evening for Ukraine

London October 28th 2023

We were treatred to an evening of music from Ukrainian pianist Sasha Grynyuk and prize-winning singer, actress and composer Alexia Mankovskaya at All Soul's Church, London in support of Mission Without Borders, where we had an opportunity to hear more about our ongoing work in Eastern Europe and especially in Ukraine. The music will include works which provide a glimpse into the rich musical traditions of this unique and captivating part of the world.

Since the invasion of Ukraine around 12 million people have been forced out of their homes and many have lost loved ones in the war. Together with local churches, Mission Without Borders staff and volunteers have distributed urgently needed humanitarian aid including food, bedding, clothing and Bibles to children and families. With the ongoing generosity of friends, donors and churches, this vital work continues in 2023.

Sasha and Alexia

Sasha Grynyuk

Born in Kyiv, Ukraine, Sasha studied at the National Music Academy of Ukraine and later at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He is a “Rising Star” and winner of numerous competitions, prizes and awards, including First Prizes in the Grieg International Piano Competition and the BNDES International Piano Competition as well as the Guildhall School of Music's most prestigious award – the Gold Medal. He has performed with such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic and National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine.

Alexia Mankovskaya

Alexia is a prize-winning singer, actress and composer. She graduated from the Russian Theatre Academy and made her first appearance at the Stanislavsky Opera House in Moscow. After settling in London, she attended Trinity College of Music and has won awards including First Prize at Padua International Competition and the Elisabeth Shuman Prize for Lieder. Opera roles to date include Cherubino in Marriage of Figaro and Countess Cheprano in Rigoletto.

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