Visit to Ukraine in November 2014
12 November 2014

During the first week of November I made a memorable trip to Ukraine where I acted as a jury member for the National Trumpet Competition that took place in Ternopil, situated in Western Ukraine
I'm thinking about all the superb musicians I met in Ternopil, Ukraine, last week as a senior NATO official confirmed what Ukrainian military officials and monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have been saying for days now: Russian troops and military equipment are crossing the border into Ukraine, seemingly preparing for renewed military action.

Although Ternopil is in Western Ukraine the conflict has a huge impact on the psyche of the extraordinary people I met during my visit to the city. Caring, good-humoured and passionate about music, arts and culture, my experience there is in start contrast to the philistine views of leading poiticians here in the UK who, over the last few days, have been embarassing themselves in their public display of ignorance and ingratitude to the magnificent work that British orchestras and those involved in the arts offer to the cultural fabric of our society.

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