The UK Russian Folklore and Choral Society LADA
Polina Proutskova & Polina Skovoroda-Shepherd
Russian songs embrace an extremely broad musical and emotional depth. Every snowflake and every blade of grass embodies the spirits of nature – and this connection is felt within each folk song for ritual pagan holidays, exorcism and sibylline song, circle dance, laments, wedding and lyrical songs.
The Society aims to develop interest in and deepen knowledge of Russian music culture among wide English-speaking audience as well as the Russian diaspora as well as promote Russian village music traditions and Russian choral and community singing.
The Society is a collaboration of two Polinas – Polina Skovoroda-Shepherd joined the project founder Polina Proutskova to create this network.
- The London Russian Choir – a wide range of music from Russia. More info
- Russian Village Music Club IZBA offers listening to original recordings and live performances of traditional artists in an informal setting; talking about Russian village life and the role that the song plays in that life; singing – and dancing – old folk songs with participants. IZBA club is held on the last Friday of the month at Pushkin House in London.
- Russian Folklore Ensemble will include working with original archival recordings, traditional singing styles from various regions of Russia, ethnographic contextualisation of songs, vocal technique, traditional movement and dance. The ensemblewill aim to create a high quality professional presentation of Russian folk singing.
- Lectures, presentations and workshops on Russian choral and village traditions.
- Concerts of choral and traditional Russian music.
- In future LADA organisers also plan to bring their projects to festivals and competitions in UK, Russia and other countries as well as organise choral festivals and conducting field research in Russian villages.
Project founder Polina Proutskova has been researching and performing Russian folk and traditional music for many years. Polina put Russian village music on the map in Western Europe, as a founder and a director of Germany’s first Russian traditional vocal ensemble Polynushka. Polynushka won the German Music Critics Prize and called forth a whole Russian folklore subculture in Berlin, attracting people of all ages and nationalities.