The East European choir has now finished its acivities. Please join Polina’s Russian choir in London, the London Yiddish choir and the Brighton & Hove Russian choir.
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In 5 years of our existence we have performed at various events and festivals and became Award Winners of the Russian Song Contest 2012 and the Maslenitsa Song and Dance competition 2013. Here is a list of some of our performances:
- BBC Children in Need event concert at BBC Bush House, the Strand
- Inn on the Green, Ladbroke Grove concert
- Russian Maslenitsa Festival in London Trafalgar Square 2013
- 2012 Finale of the 6th International Russian Song Festival & Contest at Royal College of Music, We won the Third Prize at the Russian Song Contest Finale.
- Summer Concert@Broadway Market
- The Scoop, Southbank, Sing For Water event @ Mayor’s Thames Festival
- Royal Festival Hall building (inside and out) leading the audience to The Clore Ballroom
- UCL East European Choir at VOICELAB’S BIG WINTER SING !
- Opening reception of the 11th International Postgraduate Conference on Central and Eastern Europe of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies
- Trafalgar Squire for the Russian Maslenitsa Festival – Community Zone
- International Sangerstevne Festival, St. Matthew’s Church, Ealing
- Sangrestevne Festival – St Mary’s Acton Church, London
- The Winter Festival at South Bank at Christmas Market series on Queen’s Walk
- Russian Christmas Fair in Brighton, the Fountain Centre, Patcham
- the Maslenitsa Song & Dance Competition at Rossotrudnichestvo
- The Final of the UK “Maslenitsa” Song and Dance Competition, St George’s Church, Aubrey Walk, Campden Hill, to support the Royal Borough’s Mayoral Charity, The Brain Tumour Research Campaign (BTRC).
Russian, Bulgarian, Yiddish, Macedonian, Ukrainian, Belorussian and other songs taught by East European choir leaders Polina Skovoroda-Shepherd and Eugenia Georgieva.
The choir sung traditional lyrical and epic songs, ritual calendar music for pagan holidays, seasonal songs, wedding songs and weeping songs from East European cultures.Everything was sung in original languages and carefully translated, transliterations are available too; we also talked about history and context of each song. The choir was composed of UCL students, staff and other interested members of the public of all backgrounds and singing levels. Organized by UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies and SSEES.
Polina co-taught this choir with a London-based Bulgarian singer, songwriter and arranger Eugenia Georgieva.
Eugenia is best known for her vocal and stylistic versatility with styles spanning from soul and pop to Bulgarian folk. Since 2005 Eugenia has been artistic director of PERUNIKA, a trio performing a cappella, incorporating Bulgarian, Macedonian and Russian traditional songs into a broader Slavic repertoire. Other ensembles include vocal fusion project YANTRA and world music heavyweights Transglobal Underground’s venture UNITE, A Gathering Of Strangers. Eugenia is a member of Natural Voice Practitioners’ Network. http://www.myspace.com/eugenieg