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The Great Britain - Russia society is a charitable organisation which aims to promote cultural understanding between the UK and Russia. Our aim is to hold a minimum of twelve topical, interesting and informative lecture meetings each year, at least one in each calendar month. We aim to invite leading specialists. Normally receptions will start at 6.1 5p.m. and the talks at either 6.45 p.m. or 7.00 p.m. to be followed by questions and discussion. Talks may cover also all the republics of the former USSR, many now members of the CIS. There will be three sessions per year (September-December, January-April, and May-July), and we aim to have at least one lecture per session in Russian. We shall communicate with all paid up members three times a year, advising them of the meetings in the following session. The journal will be despatched at the same time. The books will be sent free of charge from the publisher to the reviewer, who will be allowed to keep the book, unless the reviewer is willing to augment our Society's funds by offering the book for auction at one of our meetings (with a reserve price) or having it sold to a University Library. We aim for a large, active and enthusiastic membership. We aim to recruit new members from amongst University undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates and academics. However, we shall welcome all new members who will abide by the Constitution of the Society, a copy of which can be made available to all paid up members. Like its predecessors the Society is dedicated to Anglo Russian dialogue in a spirit of friendship, frankness and objectivity, and the spread of knowledge, understanding and cultural exchanges. Bring some friends as guests and persuade them to become members! There is also a large community of Russians in London, possibly around 100,000 people. We aim to keep membership subscriptions and the charges for meetings as low and as affordable as possible, and as a long term policy - in order to generate a vigorous revival in membership numbers.

MEMBERSHIP

With a Standing Order Mandate annual membership costs are £17 (individual) & £20 (joint husband & wife). Without the Mandate, subscriptions cost £20 (individual) & £23 (joint). Commercial/professional corporate membership is £100. Small academic corporate memberships start from £20. All annual memberships are due on July 15th. Late joiners’ subscription fees are reduced by £5 for each copy of the Journal missed. Please pay by standing order (it saves us time & saves you money). download the application form

LATEST POSTING

NIGHT IN NORILSK NIGHT IN NORILSK 27 February 2018, 19.00 Pushkin House, 5 A Bloomsbury London WC1A 2TA   White Space Gallery in collaboration with Pushkin House presents a new visual performance by Moscow based photographer Grigoriy Yaroshenko and renowned cellist and electronic music producer Vytautas Sondeckis. Please join us at the Pushkin House for a unique night-time photo projection of Norilsk and live Guarneri cello and electronic EMS synthesizer performance by Vytautas Sondeckis. Vocal by Verene Andronikof. This will be followed by Q&A with Grigoriy Yaroshenko and book signing of his brand new book Norilsk published by White Space Gallery. Tickets and information: http://www.pushkinhouse.org/events/2018/2/27/nights-in-norilsk Photo : Grigoriy Yaroshenko. Nadezhda Metallurgical Plant. Norilsk. 2015   Grigoriy Yaroshenko (b. 1971 in Moscow) graduated from the Moscow Institute of Cinematography. He has since worked as a photographer and a cameraman for over 20 years and received several awards for photography, including the Silver Camera Award (2009), Black & White Photography Award, The Spider (2012), 1st Prize of the Museum of Photography and Modern Art, Tampa, Florida. (2016). Major recent photographic series include Touch me if you can catch me (2016) photographed in an orphanage for blind and deaf children, Norilsk (2015), Britain (2014), and Trench (2013) which portrays Uzbekistani migrant workers and their life in Moscow and Uzbekistan.   Vytautas Sondeckis was the first Lithuanian winner of the Australasian International Cello Competition in 1997. Born in 1972, he is the son of the famous conductor, Saulius Sondeckis, his mother, Silvija Sondeckiene-Narunaite, having been a pupil of the great Russian cellist, Mstislav Rostropovich. He studied at the Vilnius Ciurlionis music college, under Romanas Armonas and then at the St Petersburg Conservatory under Prof. Anatoli Nikitin. In 1993 he became a student of David Geringas in Lubeck, and in 1996 became Solo Cello of the NDR Symphony Orchestra. Vytautas Sondeckis is also a successful Crossover/ Electronic/Jazz musician. He has collaborated with Marius Adomaitis, Ten Walls, Bugge Wesseltoft, Nils Petter Molvaer, Lars Danielsson, Jan Bang, Eivind Aarset, Arve Henriksen, Egidijus Buozis, Jacky Terasson, Suzy Hildegard, Caecilie Norby, De Phazz and Brian Eno. Vytautas Sondeckis records available on EMI, Universal, Warner, ECM, Naxos labels.   Verene Andronikof first studied law st Sorbonne in Paris and Kings College London. She also studied with late Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi and decided to dedicated her career to music. Verene performes internationally including Tbilissi Opera, Usedom Musikfestival and Liszt en Provence. She is a soloist at Liepaia, Klaipeda, and Kristiansand Symphonic Orchestras. She lives in France and Germany. Grigoriy Yaroshenko. Norilsk. Published by White Space Gallery, London UK. In English and Russian, first edition of 1000. Paperback, 70 pages. ISBN: 978-1-9999442-0-9. Printed by Wilco Art Books, Netherlands. Photographs: Grigoriy Yaroshenko. Essay: Andreas Petrossiants. Translated into Russian by Natalia Rubinstein. Sincerely, Anya Stonelake www.whitespacegallery.co.uk



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