Khojaly Commemoration Concert broadcast on London Live TV
The Khojaly Commemoration Concert – held this year at St. Paul’s Church, Covent Garden – was broadcast on London Live television to a potential prime time viewership of 200,000 in Greater London, and on satellite and cable.
Soprano Seljan Nasibli gave a rendition of Sevil’s Lament from Amirov’s operatic masterpiece Sevil, pianist Ayyan Salahova and cellist Jamal Aliyev performed popular and contemplative works by Chopin and Rachmaninoff.
The concert concluded with Pierre Thilloy’s Khojaly 613, a tone poem representing the horrors of that fateful night. This harnessed the power of violin, clarinet and string quartet featuring Azerbaijani violinist Nazrin Rashidova, Latvian clarinettist Anna Gagane and the French chamber music ensemble Quatuor Chagall.
All audience members were given a CD of this concert.
On February 25-26, 1992, Armenia’s armed forces, together with the 366th infantry regiment of Soviet troops, stationed in Khankendi, committed an act of genocide against the population of the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly.
As many as 613 people, including 63 children, 106 women and 70 old people were killed as a result of the massacre. A total of 1,000 civilians became disabled in the onslaught. Eight families were completely annihilated, 130 children lost one parent, while 25 lost both parents. Some 1,275 innocent residents were taken hostage, while the fate of 150 people (68 women, 26 children) still remains unknown.
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