The East & Old Church in Forfar is delighted to host the St Petersburg Chamber Choir on Monday, November 17 in the sanctuary at 7.30 p.m.
The choir is on a Scottish tour and is staying in Forfar on the Monday with host families in town before moving on to Aberdeen the next day.
The choir members, male and female, sing unaccompanied and are looking forward to filling the church with their distinctive vocal sound. You will find the quality of their voices quite relaxing and atmospheric in the vast acoustic space of the church.
One of Russia’s leading choirs, the St. Petersburg Chamber Choir is actively involved in continuing the rich traditions of Russian and European vocal music. Founded in 1977, the choir is made up of professional musicians who have completed their studies at Russia’s top musical institutions.
Besides receiving numerous national awards, it has excelled in the international arena, winning prizes in Hungary in 1986 and in Germany and Italy in 1989.
In 1994 the choir was awarded a Grammy for the best Choral Performance of the Vespers by Sergei Rachmaninov.
On the back of these successes the choir has launched an extensive international touring career, and has received widespread critical acclaim in the United States, the United Kingdom and continental Europe, singing Renaissance music, Bach’s sacred compositions, 19th century music and contemporary works, many of which were composed for it.
The choir has attracted the attention of many well-known conductors and soloists over the years such as Gennady Roshdestvensky, Yury Simonov, Semyon Bychkov, Valery Gergiev, Mikhail Pletnev and Sir Georg Solti. Since 1992 the choir, conducted by Nikolai Kornev, has been collaborating successfully with Philips. Ten CDs have been made, seven of church music of Russian composers of the 19th and 20th centuries. The work of Nikolai Kornev and his choir have received several State Prizes and Awards.
Tickets, priced £10, are on sale now at the church or pay at the door on the night. Refreshments are included.