Top leaders Ed Sheeran and Camila Cabello were among the music stars climbing the stage at a televised concert on Tuesday night to raise funds for Ukraine’s humanitarian appeal.
Ukrainian singer Jamala, winner of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, music veteran Nile Rodgers & Chic, as well as the band Snow Patrol and Manic Street Preachers, also took part in the two-hour concert “Concert for Ukraine” in Birmingham.
“It’s such an important reason, it’s a great honor for me to be here,” Sheeran said in his segment. He then performed with Cabello, who also sang a version of Coldplay’s “Fix You.”
“We are all praying for peace and security in Ukraine tonight,” Cabello said.
The sensitive moment of the evening was the young virtuoso violinist Elijah Bondarenko, who together with 94 violinists from all over the world played the Ukrainian folk song “Verbovaya Doschechka” from a cellar shelter in Kiev.
Also performing were singers Emeli Sandé and Gregory Porter, violinist Nicola Benedetti and gospel Kingdom Choir.
Singer Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas, unable to attend in person, sent support via video message.
“We still wanted to offer all our love and support to everyone who performed, and most importantly, to express our support and solidarity with the millions of people who were forced to leave their homes and leave everything,” Eilish said.
The show, which aired on the TVV and STV channels and allowed viewers to donate, also showed films showing relief efforts in Ukraine since the Russian invasion began more than a month ago. Moscow called its actions a “special operation.”
Organizers have announced that £ 12.2 million ($ 16 million) has been raised during the concert, which will be donated to the Disaster Emergency Committee – the umbrella of British charities – for a humanitarian appeal in Ukraine.
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