Together with Sir Simon Rattle, Lang Lang and UNICEF patron Daniela Schadt, the Berliner Philharmoniker is taking the opportunity of its end-of-season concert at the Waldbühne to make an appeal for support for Syrian refugee children. The orchestra, together with Sir Simon Rattle and Lang Lang, are donating 60,000 euros.

The civil war in Syria has now been going on for over four years. More than 10,000 children have been killed so far, and around two million children and young people have had to leave their homes. More than 114,000 babies have been born as refugees. “Childhood is the most important time in a person's life. We must not allow that a lost generation grows up here without hope,” said star pianist and UN peace ambassador Lang Lang in support of the appeal.

Education for refugee children

“Millions of refugee children urgently need our support. With our relief appeal, we would like to give the children in the Turkish region of Mardin the opportunity to go back to school and to learn and play in a safe environment,” says Sir Simon Rattle. Since 2012, more and more people have fled from Syria to Turkey, among other places. There alone, there are currently approximately 1.7 million Syrian refugees. Many children know nothing but violence, expulsion and flight. The families have mainly been accommodated in the community, but some of them also in the 22 refugee camps of the Turkish government. UNICEF ensures that the refugee children can go to school and have access to psychological support and health care. In a safe environment they can learn and play undisturbed – essential conditions for them to regain hope and be able to process their terrible experiences.

Musicians in the service of UNICEF

The Berliner Philharmoniker has been an International Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF since 2007 – the first institution to take on this role – and under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, the orchestra has campaigned for various UNICEF projects. The Chinese pianist Lang Lang was appointed International Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF in 2004 and has been a UN peace ambassador since 2013. In his involvement with disadvantaged children, he has been particularly interested in the role of music in child development. Daniela Schadt, partner of German President Joachim Gauck, has been the patron of UNICEF Germany since 2012.

Watch the concert in the Digital Concert Hall

The Berliner Philharmoniker’s Waldbühne concert with Sir Simon Rattle and Lang Lang on 28 June 2015 is sold out. The Digital Concert Hall of the Berliner Philharmoniker will broadcast the concert live from 8.15 pm Berlin time.