The “Shchedryk” children’s choir was founded in 1971 in Kyiv by Iryna Sablina. Marianna Sablina, Honored Artist of Ukraine, has served as the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the choir since 2004.
Currently over 150 children of various ages are involved in the choir. Shchedryk’s concert cast is composed of approximately 55 of the best performers.
“Shchedryk” has successfully toured Canada, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, 15 states of the USA, France, and Italy. The choir has received standing ovations in the world’s most famous music halls, including but not limited to the Kyiv Philharmonic, Beethoven Hall in Bonn, the Vienna Concert House, and Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.
The choir’s repertoire covers Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical music, adaptations of Ukrainian and other national folk songs, and contemporary musical compositions.
Catch them at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, 4 December, for the long-awaited Notes from Ukraine concert, celebrating 100 Years of Carol of the Bells and presented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Institute, Razom for Ukraine, and the Ukrainian Contemporary Music Festival.
Watch the Shchedryk Children’s Choir rehearsing in Kyiv last week in dark bomb shelters here. Video by Alla Savytska.
If you are looking for a way to help this #GivingTuesday, please, consider donating today so we could bring Kyiv-based Choir “Shchedryk” to New York and organize a pleasant and full experience for Ukrainian children in the city.
Notes from Ukraine will be the Choir’s Carnegie Hall debut. They will be the first Ukraine-based ensemble to perform since the full-scale Russian invasion in February 2022. Razom, we are working hard to organize their trip and make their Carnegie Hall debut in the middle of a war due to time constraints and logistical challenges.
We hope for your support in this matter and looking forward to seeing you this Sunday for Notes from Ukraine!