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.
Tickets are £5 at the door. Further information from the website: www.russkayacappella.yolasite.com

You’ll have to be on your toes to win tickets for The Nutcracker

December 4, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

nutcracker-image_hi-resFollowing the hugely successful productions of Cinderella and The Sleeping Beauty, Scottish Ballet are reviving Artistic Director Ashley Page’s The Nutcracker.

It tells the story of  Marie who, on Christmas eve, hears how a brave young man saves a Princess from a horrible curse. As Marie sleeps, she is transported into a surreal dream world where she learns to fend for herself and discovers the secret of true love.

This fresh and vivid re-telling of the famous Christmas story features stunning sets and costumes, breathtaking choreography, Tchaikovsky’s famous score played live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra and the phenomenally talented dancers of Scotland’s national dance company.

The LOCAL NEWS GLASGOW has a pair of tickets to give away for The Nutcracker. To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer this question: Who wrote the music for The Nutcracker?

The prize is a pair of tickets for the ballet at the Theatre Royal Glasgow at 7.30pm on Monday 21 December.

Answer by email to competitions@localnewsglasgow.co.uk. Include your name, address and phone contact. Please write ‘Nutcracker comp’ in the header field. Snailmail to Nutcracker comp, Local News Glasgow, YAM Publications Ltd, 73 Robertson Street, Glasgow G2 8QD.

All entries must be with us by 9am on Friday 18 December. For further information see the website: www.scottishballet.co.uk. or call the box office on: 0870 060 6647  Tickets from £9 (matinee).
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