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Tchaikovsky Orchestra starts UK tour with a concert at the Embassy

On 6 October, a concert given by cellist of the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Fedor Zemlerub with pianist Pavel Kolesnikov and a launch of the book “Medium” celebrating the 85th anniversary of the TSO, marked the start of the UK-wide tour of one of Russia's most important music collectives. 

In 1930 the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra was established as the first symphony orchestra of the Soviet Radio. Its intensive and successful performances in the best concert halls of Europe, Japan and the USA were preceded by thorough perfection of its complex and thoughtful programs. N. Myaskovsky, S. Prokofyev, A. Khachaturian,
G. Sviridov, B. Tchaikovsky and many others trusted the Orchestra to perform their compositions for the first time. Among them was D. Shostakovich, who described the Orchestra as “an outstanding ensemble of outstanding musicians”. Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Orchestra is Vladimir Fedoseyev (who previously conducted London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra). 

On 7 October 2016, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra begins a major tour during which it will perform at some of the biggest concert venues in Britain and China. The orchestra will visit London, Leeds, Llandudno, Southend-on-Sea, Guildford, Birmingham, Swansea, Canterbury, Watford, Coventry, Bristol, Sheffield, Carlisle and Edinburgh in the UK, and Beijing, Tianjin, Shenyang, Shanghai, Nanjing and Wuhan in China. The musicians will fly to Beijing on 24 October, and the tour will finish on 12 November. In just 36 days, the TSO will give 30 concerts, and on some days it will even perform twice — in the afternoon and in the evening.

The British leg of the tour will feature works by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Alexander Borodin, Jean Sibelius and Ralph Vaughan Williams. The orchestra will be conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev, Denis Lotoyev and Serge Polyanichko; pianist Pavel Kolesnikov and violinist Jennifer Pike will perform as soloists. See https://www.facebook.com/TchaikovskySymphonyOrchestra/posts/1232378016782928:0 for tour schedule.

 





LATEST EVENTS

10.02.2018

Heritage activists honoured on Diplomats' Day

On 9 February 2018, at the reception on the occasion of Diplomats' Day, Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko presented letters of recognition to those who contributed to the commemoration of the 320 anniversary of Peter I's visit to London. Ambassador Yakovenko said:


09.02.2018

Embassy celebrates Diplomats’ Day

On 10 February Russia marks the professional holiday of the diplomatic service, established by a Presidential decree in 2002 to commemorate its foundation in 1549. On 9 February the Russian embassy hosted a reception attended by diplomatic corps, local authorities, journalists and distinguished community members. Highlight of the evening was screening of the documentary “Kremlin – sacred heart of Moscow”, presented by its filming team. Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko presented letters of recognition for commemoration of Peter the Great’s 1698 Grand Embassy in Deptford. World famous pianist Yuri Rozum played at the event. Following the tradition, Ambassador Yakovenko laid a wreath to the grave of Ambassador Alexander Benckendorff at the Westminster Cathedral, and members of Embassy staff laid flowers to the graves of Russian Chargés d’Affaires Fr. Iakov (James) Smirnove at Kensal Green Cemetery and Evgeny Sablin at Brompton Cemetery. In the run-up to Diplomats’ Day, Ambassador Yakovenko met with students of University College London and University of East Anglia, and one more Embassy Q&A was hosted by the Durham University.


09.02.2018

Meeting with "Glasgow Rangers" FC

On 8 February 2018 Consul General of Russia in Edinburgh Andrey A.Pritsepov received the head of one of the oldest Scottish football clubs "Glasgow Rangers" Scott Steadman and the legendary player of the club William Henderson. They discussed prospects for renewal of cooperation with the Russian clubs, in particular the "Dynamo Moscow" team, with participation of youth and junior teams, coaches and fan associations. They presented an album "Rangers in Russia: The Story of the 1962 Tour" to the Consulate General, which tells about the memorable matches played by Rangers with the teams “Locomotive Moscow”, “Dynamo Tbilisi” and “Dynamo Kiev”.


06.02.2018

Presentation of the “Innopolis” special economic zone

On February 1, 2018, the Russian Embassy to UK with support of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce hosted a presentation of the investing capacity and innovation opportunities offered by the “Innopolis” special economic zone which was created in 2012 in the same-name suburb of Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan with the aim to promote information and communication technologies.


26.01.2018

Holocaust Remembrance Day marked in London

On 26 January 2018 a ceremony at the Soviet War Memorial near the Imperial War Museum marked the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.


16.01.2018

Restored Sayes Court memorial marks 320 anniversary of Peter the Great's visit to London

On 16 January 2018 Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko and Mayor of the London borough of Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock unveiled a memorial plaque at Sayes Court Park, Deptford. The memorial, which replaces a previous lost one, marks the ancient mulberry tree which, according to the popular legend, was planted by the Tsar Peter the Great himself during his stay at Deptford Dockyard, when he visited England in January-April 1698 with his Grand Embassy to Western Europe. The mulberry still bears fruit and was shortlisted for the 2017 England Tree of the Year award, where it received a runner-up prize. The memorial was created by the Russian sculptor Alexander Kirilin, who also attended. The costs were crowdfunded by the “Russian Heritage” committee and the Russian Community Council, and a number of Russian-speaking communities in and outside London also contributed, as well as Russian cultural centre "Rossotrudnichestvo" and Russian Embassy employees.


18.12.2017

Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's remarks at the Hermitage Foundation UK reception

Ladies and gentlemen, It’s a great tradition for us to host Hermitage Foundation UK here every year. It is an honour to meet the people who make such an outstanding contribution to this great museum which was named Best Tourist Destination of Europe last year. We know and appreciate your effort and dedication. And this year a very important and little known part of the Hermitage treasures is on tour at the British Museum – I’m sure you have seen the breath-taking Scythians exhibition there.


12.12.2017

Russian Embassy hosts FIFA-2018 World Cup presentation

On 12 December the official presentation of the FIFA-2018 World Cup Russian was held in the Ambassador’s Residence.


04.12.2017

Ushakov Medal presented to the Arctic Convoys Veterans

On 2-3 December Third Secretary of the Embassy Vadim Retyunskiy presented the Ushakov medals to the Arctic Convoys veterans Mr David DOUGLAS, Mr George LANE, Mr Michael LOCKE and Mr Raymond BILBIE, who were awarded this military honour by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation for their personal courage and bravery displayed in WWII.


27.11.2017

Ushakov Medal presented to the Arctic Convoys Veterans

On 24-26 November Third Secretary of the Embassy Vadim Retyunskiy presented the Ushakov medals to the Arctic Convoys veterans Mr James JACQUES, Mr Cristobal CAMPOS, Mr Raymond WILSON and Mr Albert DICKSON, who were awarded this military honour by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation for their personal courage and bravery displayed in WWII.



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