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Liturgy at St Paul's

11th August 2004

Dear all,
Last year Academia Rossica organised a liturgy at St Paul's Cathedral in London and this year are doing it again as it was such a success last year.
Best wishes
Anna

ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL
SERGEI RACHMANINOV
The Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, op. 31
ST NICHOLAS CHOIR
OF THE TRETYAKOV GALLERY, MOSCOW
Alexei Pouzakov conductor
Father Nikolai Sokolov celebrant
The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, written in 1910, was the first of Sergei Rachmaninov's three major choral works, the others being 'The Bells' (1913) and the 'All-night Vigil' or 'Vespers' (1915). Rachmaninov’s interpretation of this most used version of the liturgy in the Orthodox Church is a magnificent fusion of traditional Russian spirituality with the lofty cultural aesthetics of Russia’s Silver Age, at the turn of the 20th century. Friday, 10 September 2004, 7.30pm
St Paul’s Cathedral, London EC4
Tickets: £25, £17.50, £12. Concessions: £10
Friends of ACADEMIA ROSSICA: two tickets for the price of one
Barbican box office: 020 7638 8891

This concert is organised by ACADEMIA ROSSICA, following the success of the performance of St Nicholas Choir at St Paul’s Cathedral at the opening of the first RUSSIAN NIGHTS festival in 2002.
The 2002 concert was awarded a 5-star rating in The Times:
‘This latest incarnation of the great choir is astonishingly young… But their voices are as old as time: from the highest of seraphically high sopranos to that almost impossible de profundis of the Russian super-bass. And in between, a spectrum of colours and timbres blended as a single breath, impeccably tuned and timed to the echoing resonance of St Paul’s dome. Wren’s architecture provided halo upon halo of acoustic light.’ (Hilary Finch)
Academia Rossica is a UK registered Charity (N1091022), created in 2000 to enhance and deepen understanding of Russia’s unique cultural identity. www.academia-rossica.org

Supported by Peter Hambro Mining and Transaero

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