Aug 27, 2013, 1:17 PM
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THE LONDON RUSSIAN CHOIR is starting Autumn term on 5 September. All welcome!
London Russian Choir open to all
Come and enjoy Russian harmony singing.
Sessions are led in English by a Russian musician. Sheet music, translations and transliterations are available. Join any time.
The London Russian Choir promotes Russian harmony singing and traditional repertoire. The group now brings together over 40 music lovers of various ages and cultural backgrounds. Most members do not speak Russian but a lot of attention is paid to cultural context, history, language and stylistic features of the music. Based at University College London.
The choir's original repertoire includes traditional lyrical and epic songs, ritual calendar music for pagan and Christian holidays, wedding songs, dance songs and other folk. Another part of the repertoire represents much loved by native Russians Art Songs (Romances) from the 18-19 centuries, as well as more known pieces by Bortnyansky, Tchaikovsky and other classics.
Singer, composer, performer and educator Polina Skovoroda-Shepherd grew up and learned the repertoire and trade. Her grandfather, a veteran of the second war played bayan (button accordion) and her mother was a professional singer. Her training at Kazan State Conservatory gave her an academic perspective and the skills to create her own projects: The Polina Shepherd Vocal Experience covers many aspects of vocal music from solo voice to large scale choral improvisation or highly arranged and conducted choir pieces and smaller chamber groups. Polina performs and teaches internationally. http://www.polinashepherd.co.uk
Joining the Choir
We rehearse in 26 Bedford Way WC1H 0AP (UCL) near Russell Square on Thursdays at 6.30-8.30pm during term. 2013 Autumn season is 5 September – 17 November.
Fee - £65 for the term (10 sessions). Newcomers – first session £6.50. Drop-in fee £8. Concessions – £50 per term. Please contact via web site: http://londonrussianchoir.wordpress.com/contact/