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The Golden Age of the Imperial Theatres: Opera at the Mariinsky, 1890-1917 3rd April 2018

Dear All You might be interested in this. Best wishes Ute The Golden Age of the Imperial Theatres: Opera at the Mariinsky, 1890-1917 Tuesday 1st May The Caversham Room, Cadogan Hall 10.30-12.30 Featuring: Dr. Rosamund Bartlett (cultural historian) Sophie Pullen (soprano) and Maria Levandovskaya (piano) Tickets £30 During the course of this morning’s lecture recital with Maria Levandovskaya and Sophie Pullen, Dr. Bartlett will give an overview of the most significant opera productions at imperial St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre during its most glorious period, highlighting the composers, directors, singers and conductors who helped to build its international reputation.  Her talk will be illustrated with rare period photographs, set designs and historic…

Lecture on Monday 26 February 25th February 2018

Hello all members We look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow (Monday 26 February) at the Open Russia Club, 16 Hannover Square for Giles Udy’s lecture on “Labour and the Gulag: Russia and the seduction of the British left”. If you would like to attend but have not yet booked please contact us through the usual channels or book on-line for what promises to be a fascinating evening. We are also delighted to announce that Giles Udy’s book will be on sale to all present at a price of £17 (usual price £30). Please bring the exact money. Yours…

Night in Norilsk 15th February 2018

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…

Russian Opera Gala and 9th International Song Festival 11th February 2018

Dear All I thought this might be of interest. Best wishes Ute   Опера-Гала и 9-й Международный Фестиваль-Конкурс Исполнителей Русской и Английской Песни в Великобритании   Дата: Воскресенье 29 апреля 2018 г. 16.30 – 21:00   Cadogan Hall,, 5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ   Гала –Концерт и 9-й Международный Фестиваль-Конкурс Исполнителей Русской Песни в Великобритании, посвященный Великим русским певцам: Народной артистке СССР Елене Образцовой и Народному артисту России Дмитрию Хворостовскому, состоится в Кадоган Холле при участии известных в мире музыкантов и певцов.    При поддержке: Культурного Центра ЕЛЕНЫ ОБРАЗЦОВОЙ (Россия, Санкт-Петербург), Британского Имперского Оркестра (Лондон), дирижер: Dr. Graham O. Jones, MBE; Лондонской школы…

Old New Year Party at the Civil Service Club on Saturday 13 January 12th January 2018

Dear All, Just to let you know that tomorrow’s event is totally full and we have a reserve list.  So please let me know if you have booked and are no longer able to come. Thanks and best wishes. Ute

Old New Year Party at the Civil Service Club on Saturday 13 January 8th January 2018

Dear All, Some of you have asked if you can pay for the party online.  This isn’t possible at the moment, but if you wish to transfer the money directly into the GB Russia Society bank account, please let me know and I will email you the account details. Thanks and best wishes Ute

Old Russian New Year 7th January 2018

Dear All, We need the final numbers on Tuesday so could anyone still wishing to join us on Saturday 13th for Old Russian New Year let me know as soon as possible please? It’s at the Civil Service Club, 13-15 Great Scotland Yard, SW1A 2HJ on Saturday 13th Jan at 6:30 and it’s £25. Best wishes Ute

Literary translation workshop 27-28 January 2nd January 2018

Dear all, Below is a message from our member, Robert Chandler: Dear all, I highly recommend this workshop.  Viktor Sonkin and Sasha Borisenko are superb translators and also have a great deal of experience as teachers and mentors. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/literary-translation-workshop-tickets-41653459619 All the best, Robert Robert Chandler, 42 Milson Road, London, W14 0LD

Old New Year Party at the Civil Service Club on Saturday 13 January 31st December 2017

Dear All, Just to let you know that the party is £25 not £27 as previously advised.  Apologies for any confusion. All good wishes for 2018! Ute

Spring lecture titles 18th December 2017

Following from last night’s email here are the lecture titles for the spring series to go with the booking form January 22 – Pushkin house – the AGM followed by the paradoxes of trust – the Russian revolution and soviet society february 6 – Pushkin house – an expedition trip to Frank Josef land february 26 – open Russia – labour and the Gulag – Russia and the seduction of the British left march 21 at UCL SSEES – through the looking glass – inside the Kremlin’s propaganda machine march 29 – open Russia – explaining Russian policy in Syria…

Spring lecture programme, the agm and new year’s party 17th December 2017

hello membership   below is the outline of the spring lecture programme, details of the agm on monday January 22 and the new year’s party on Saturday Jan 13. Full descriptions of the lectures will be posted on the website as soon as possible. On line booking will only be available once the programme is on line. Booking by post is available from now onwards. THE G.B – RUSSIA SOCIETY BOOKING FORM (January-April 2018) A SPECIAL CONCESSION to help regular supporters at talks. BOOK ‘IN ONE GO’ for all the charged talks in the session, pay BEFORE JANUARY 10TH (before the end…

Upcoming event 30th October 2017

Dear membership I am forwarding you a link to an event being organised by Larissa of the Anglo-Russian club which might be of interest to you. It’s not a GBR event ……… Friday, NOV 3, Sands Films, 82 St Marychurch Street, London SE16 4HZ, 19:30 Pablo Neruda and the Soviet Union “I have never thought of my life as divided between poetry and politics,” Pablo Neruda said when he accepted his presidential candidacy from the Chilean Communist Party. He was a prolific writer whose works ranged from sensual love poems to historical epics. Hailed as a poet for the common…

Message for members attending the Caledonian club lecture 10th October 2017

Please could all members who have booked to attend the Caledonian club lecture in October please send details of their home addresses to the Caledonian club. These are required because the Russian ambassador will be attending the talk. Thanks in advance.

Caledonian Club lecture 8th August 2017

Dear Member, I am attaching details of a very interesting talk at the Caledonian Club at the end of October.  Members of the Great Britain- Russia Society would be very welcome.   Please mention my name, and as you see you can attend the talk on its own or also have dinner at the Club afterwards. Kind regards,  Stuart Thom, Chairman

BEARR Trust Music in Offices Choir Competition 8th August 2017

  Dear colleagues, You are cordially invited to join us for a fabulous concert in London’s Covent Garden on Wednesday 27 September 2017 at 7.30pm. Come to enjoy the roof-raising performances by the winning choirs of this year’s Music in Offices Choir Competition and contribute to the valuable work of the BEARR Trust to help improve the health and social welfare of vulnerable and disadvantaged people in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and South Caucasus.  The organisers, The Brandenburg Choral Festival, will donate £9 to BEARR for every ticket that we sell to our supporters. Tickets cost £18 (unreserved seats) or £23…

Radio 3 Rebirth of the Russian Orthodox Church 4th August 2017

Forwarded from Michael Bourdeaux: This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, which also inaugurated a massive persecution against religion. At the beginning of the century the BBC commissioned me to make a series of  programmes celebrating the rebirth of the Russian Orthodox Church, one of which marked the 300th anniversary of the founding of St Petersburg in 2003. Radio 3 broadcast this in the “Choral Evensong” slot on Wednesday, 2 August, at 3.30 pm, to be repeated on the Feast of the Transfiguration (Sunday 6 August at 3 pm). Do listen if you can –…

talk this Tuesday 21st May 2017

Dear fellow members of the Great Britain-Russia Society Our first lecture, which is illustrtaed, will be given this Tuesday May 23rd at The Open Russia Club, 16 Hanover Square, Mayfair (very near to Oxford Circus tube Station) at 6.30 p.m. for 7.00 p.m. The lecture, in English, will be given by Professor Alena Ledeneva. She is a world class expert on the unofficial preactices, which make the Russian economy work. She will also be talking on anti-corruption measures in the Economy of the Russian Federation   We have had, and may still have big problems with our website, which is…


Dear all, Because the website is being repaired members are unable to book online so please post your reservations with cheque to the membership secretary at 43 Kenilworth Court, Lower Richmond Road, London SW15 1EN or pay on the night. Please make every effort to come to the talk – “RUSSIA’S ECONOMY OF FAVOURS IN CONTEXT: EVIDENCE F” by PROFESSOR ALENA LEDENEVA on Tuesday 23rd May at 16 Hanover Square. We have a first class speaker and we urgently need your support. Kind regards Daniel


THE LIFE AND WORK OF BORIS ANREPIllustrated talk by David Brummell C.B.There are still places available for this talk and you can pay eitheronline or on the night. Thursday 11th May at Pushkin House at 6:30pm for7:00pm Please come and bring your friends. GB-Russia committee

GB Russia booking for talks 7th May 2017

Dear All, The website appears to be working again, so booking online would be the easiest way to secure your seat. We look forward to seeing you soon. Best wishes Ute

Summer Programme 4th May 2017

Dear all, Attached is a final copy of the Summer programme with the booking form onthe last page. Please book your places quickly, and do not try and do it via the Society’s website, but fill in the booking form and post it withyour cheque. Misha.

Sir Anthony Brenton 27 April 23rd April 2017

  Dear All,   Sir Anthony Brenton’s hardback book “Historically Inevitable? Turning Points of the Russian Revolution” retails at £25 a copy. No less than 12 international experts contribute their own individual chapters and we will be selling it on Thursday for just £12.00.   If you would like to purchase a copy, please bring the exact cash, as we have no facility for accepting debit or credit cards.   Best wishes Ute

Daniel's next big birthday 21st April 2017

Dear all, At the end of September this year Daniel will have his next big birthday and we wanted to do something for it. I suggest we meet for a meal and the choice is either at my flat (like last time) or to hire a venue.  This depends partly on finances and partly on the number of people who want to attend. So I can have an idea of numbers and preferences, can you please e-mail me to let me know if you would like to attend (and we will try and get a date convenient to all) and…

27 April 19th April 2017

Dear All Just to let you know that the next talk is completely full.  If you have booked online or with me you have a seat. Best wishes Ute

starting time of talk this evening 27th March 2017

Dear all attending the talk tonight, Please note that it will begin 30 minutes earlier than usual, i.e. at 6:30pm, with drinks from 6:15. Looking forward to seeing you there, Regards Anna

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