Svetlana Zvereva, co–director of Russkaya Cappella, said recently: ‘It’s remarkable that Scotland now has enough children to form a children’s choir singing in Russian. Sometimes the children are of purely Russian parentage or have one parent from one of the republics of the former Soviet Union. Whatever their background, these children now have the chance, through the Glasgow Russian School, of preserving their Russian cultural heritage, including its musical component. This is also enriching Scotland’s artistic traditions.’
It is marvellous that so soon after the formation of Russkaya Cappella, the now well established Glasgow-based choir, it has been possible, this January, to form a children’s choir which is also able to preserve and promote the great heritage of Russian music.
The children’s choir, pupils from theGlasgowRussianSchoolwho are members of the new Singing Studio there, took part in a concert in theKelvingroveArtGalleryand Museum on 18 March. Singing along with the adults, and without the accompaniment of musical instruments, the children performed: “Come you, the Nightingale” by Glinka, and the Russian folk songs “Dryoma” (arranged by Lyadov) and “The fly by our gates”. These songs, “Come you, the Nightingale” in particular, are far from being easy.
‘Come you, the Nightingale’, was composed by the father of Russian classical music, Mikhail Glinka, when he was a guest on the estate of his friends, the Tarnovskys, at Kachanovka, in the Ukraine. The current representative of the Tarnovsky family, and former owner of the estate, Mrs Tanya Hine, OBE, lives in Bearsden, and was at the concert with members of her family
The children received many compliments after the concert, on the cohesion of their singing, their dedication and sincerity. They also looked very professional, and their singing was flawless and expressive, despite the presence of such a large audience. We can look forward to their participation in many other concerts and recitals in the near future, and we wish them every joy in their singing.