Voices from Russia

Thursday, 12 June 2008

International Choir Festival in St Petersburg

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Mariinsky Theatre Choir of St Petersburg

The International Choir Festival in St Petersburg to be held from 1 to 15 June is in honour of our main national holiday, Russia Day. This is only the second time that this festival has been held, but, it has already become one of the most representative international forums in Russia. Twenty-two concerts will be given by 10 Russian and 10 foreign groups from the Baltic region. All these choirs have a good professional reputation and enjoy much popularity; they specialise in classical and traditional music and folklore. Amongst the most popular choirs is the choir of the Mariinsky Theatre from St Petersburg, which performs not only with that world-famous company, but, also gives independent concerts.

A clip from the Glinka Boy’s Choir, one of the participants in the Festival, singing a German folk song

Poznan Boy’s Choir from Poland

The first concert of the festival took place on 1 June, International Children’s Day. Therefore, the programme featured concerts by children’s choirs and soloists. Among them were the renowned Poznan boy’s boys known to older generations as “Poznan Nightingales”, and the no less popular St Petersburg boy’s choir of the Glinka school. The audience was full of children from families having many children and orphans.

Youth Chamber Choir of the St Petersburg Philharmonic Society

All concerts of the festival shall be presented in the best concert halls of St Petersburg, the Academic Capella, the Hermitage and Aleksandrinsky theatres, and the Great Hall of the Philharmonic Society. In addition, secular and church music shall be performed at the renowned St Isaac Cathedral and the Church of Resurrection. A special project of the festival is a concert involving the Youth Chamber Choir of the St Petersburg Philharmonic Society, the Musica Petropolitana ancient music ensemble, and renowned British Baroque singer Emma Kirkby. The culmination of the festival shall be a gala concert on Russia Day to be given outdoors in the Mikhailovski Gardens and involving choirs of Russia’s seven federal districts.

11 June 2008

Natalia Viktorova

a vid by Musica Petropolitana… 



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