Music festival «Ambassadorial Gifts» will take place in The Moscow Kremlin Museums between September, 24th and November, 11th within the frames of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014. Well-known musicians from Great Britain and Russian Federation will perform the best of English and Russian musical art and will present to the public their own vision of the musical traditions of both countries.
The festival will be opened by The Tallis Scolars — a famous British vocal group (director and conductor — Peter Phillips) which has recently celebrated 40 years anniversary. Amongst the Russian participants there will be The Moscow Chamber Orchestra «Musica Viva» (director and conductor Alexander Rudin), The Choir «Intrada» (director and conductor Ekaterina Antonenko), the soloists of the Choir of The Candlemas Monastery, countertenor Rustam Yavaev and other musicians.
The festival presents European church music of the XV — XX centuries, sacred music created by Russian composers of the XVII — XIX centuries, secular music by English composers of the XVI-XVIII centuries and also the music composed by Thomas Linley for the Shakespeare’s tragedy «The Tempest». (The great playwriter’s 450th anniversary is also celebrated in the year of 2014)
24 September, Wednesday, 19:00
The Armoury Chamber
«Metamorphoses» performed by The Tallis Scholars (Great Britain).
10 October, Friday, 19:00
The Assumption Cathedral
Sacred music by Russian composers of the XVII — XIX centuries performed by the soloists of the Choir of The Candlemas Monastery, Rustam Yavaev (countertenor).
17 October, Friday, 19:00
The Patriarch’s Palace
Secular music by English composers of the XVI — XVIII centuries performed by Rustam Yavaev (countertenor), Sergey Poltavsky (viole d’amour), Maria Alikhanova (flute), Evgeny Roumiantsev (cello), Fyodor Stroganov (harpsichord).
11 November, Tuesday, 19:00
The Armoury Chamber
The music by Thomas Linley for the Shakespeare’s tragedy «The Tempest» performed by The Moscow Chamber Orchestra «Musica Viva», The Choir «Intrada», Boris Plotnikov (People`s artist of Russia, elocutioner), Dilyara Idrisova (soprano).
You may purchase tickets for one concert or for all the events (complex ticket) at the box offices of the Moscow Kremlin Museum. More information is available in the Department of Cultural Programs by phone (495) 697-88-17 or by 24-hour inquiry phone: +7 495 695-37-76.