Back in 1990, Reading Phoenix Choir flew to Helsinki and then travelled by train to Russia. We gave concerts in Leningrad, Moscow and most memorably in Voronezh, when the Opera House was packed to more-than-capacity. We have never had louder or longer applause, and quickly established a strong link with the wonderful people of Voronezh.
We are therefore very excited to welcome Voronezh Male Voice Choir to the UK this October.
Under their chief conductor Tatyana Izhogina the choir will be visiting the South of England to celebrate the life of Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh (1914-2003). This well-known spiritual leader came from the family of the Russian composer Alexander Scriabin. In the 1920s his family emigrated to France where he later worked with the French Resistance.
After the Second World War he took a monastic vow and in 1947 was sent to Britain to serve the church in London. During fifty years of dedicated service to the Russian Orthodox Church he left a significant memory in the hearts of many nations as a priest who spoke five languages and as a theologian, philosopher and spiritual leader.
As part of this tour, the choir will give concerts in Gosport, Winchester and London. On Saturday 15th October, they come together with Reading Phoenix Choir for a joint concert in Chadlington, Oxfordshire.
Their programme with range from inspirational sacred music by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and other Russian and Ukrainian composers, to vibrant folklore pieces.