Russian choir honours Arctic convoys

November 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Glasgow based choir that sings in Russian style – Russkaya Cappella – enjoyed a recent trip to Russia. The benefit of that visit will be heard at their St Andrew’s Day concert on Wednesday 30 November in St Aloysius Church, Rose Street in Garnethill G3 6RE.

Said Svetlana Zvereva who with Stuart Campbell, runs the choir: ‘St Andrew is honoured by all the Christian churches and is patron saint of Scotland and Russia. There he is the protector, in particular, of the Russian navy. The concert programme will provide sacred music as well as some of Russia’s classic composers – Tchaikovsky and Taneyev – and Russian folk songs.’
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the start of the Arctic convoys which delivered vital supplies to the USSR and allied countries during the Second World War. Between 1941 and 1945 sailors of the British, Canadian, Soviet and United States navies ran the gauntlet of extreme weather, dangerous seas and enemy action on journeys between Iceland, Scotland and Murmansk and Archangel. Thousands of sailors perished on these most dangerous voyages. British veterans wear a white beret and tell tales of cups of cocoa freezing as they walk across the deck.
In tribute to them, the choir will sing ‘Eternal Memory’ during the concert.
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Two Maggie’s for Glasgow

October 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In a flurry of pink tulle, Nina Barough CBE, Laura Lee and Kirsty Wark unveil the new Garnavel Maggie's Centre

At the start of breast cancer awareness month it was appropriate that a new Maggie’s centre opened in Glasgow at Gartnavel Hospital. The city is the first place to have two Maggie’s Centres where people with cancer and their families can go for quietness, nurturing and care. The original Maggie’s on Dumbarton Road at the Western Infirmary gatehouse, will continue its important, supportive work.

Funded by Walk the Walk which runs the Edinburgh Moonwalks in Edinburgh, Iceland and London, the Gartnavel Maggie’s was designed by Dutch architects and Pritzker Prize winners, OMA and landscaped by Lily Jencks, daughter of Maggie’s founders. It was built by Dunne Group.

High on a hill, the single-level building forms a ring of interlocking rooms surrounding an internal landscaped courtyard. The new Maggie’s overlooks Glasgow and Gartnavel Hospital and is a stone’s throw from Scotland’s leading oncology facility, the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, which serves a population of 2.8 million people (60 per cent of Scotland’s population). People at any stage of their cancer journey will be able to access the professional and peer-led support available at Maggie’s to help them to build a life with, through and beyond cancer.

The space has been designed to feel casual, almost carefree, allowing an individual to feel at ease and at home and part of an empathetic community of people.

Laura Lee, Maggie’s Chief Executive, said: ‘This is a celebration of a fantastic new resource for the west of Scotland’s cancer population, as well as a celebration of this pivotal year in Maggie’s history. It’s hard to believe that it was fifteen years ago when we opened our very first centre in Edinburgh – delivering Maggie Keswick Jencks’ vision of providing an antidote to the isolation and despair of cancer. It soon became apparent that other regions and communities greatly needed a Maggie’s Centre too, and through wonderful support, we have managed to grow our network of centres and today take great pride in our newest centre – Maggie’s Gartnavel. OMA have created a truly unique environment, which will help to facilitate our programme of support, by making people feel safe, inspired and valued, whilst Lily Jencks garden design complements the centre beautifully. Most importantly, Maggie’s Gartnavel has been made possible through a unique partnership with Walk the Walk, whose tenacious Edinburgh MoonWalkers, take to the streets of Edinburgh each year in wonderfully decorate bras to raise money to support cancer charities. Thank you to Walk the Walk and to everyone who has graciously support us over the years – you are helping to make a huge difference.’

The Lighthouse architectural showcase in Glasgow’s city centre, currently has an exhibition on OMA and Maggie’s.

This being the 15th year of Maggie’s Centres, the cancer charity aims to have 15 centres up an running or on the drawing board, by the end of 2011.