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Tonight at St Luke’s Church – Russian Choir Maslenitsa Concert

Tonight at St Luke’s Church – Russian Choir Maslenitsa Concert
Peggy Bain
  • On February 16, 2018

The Brighton & Hove Russian Choir bring audiences a wide range of  Russian inspired music. The choir’s leader, Polina Shepherd, created original arrangements that include traditional lyrical and epic songs, ritual calendar music for pagan holidays, wedding songs, dance songs and other folklore. The group also present art songs (romances) from the 18th/19th centuries, as well as short classical pieces by Russian composers.

Polina Skovoroda-Shepherd is the choir leader, she is also a performer and composer. She was born in Siberia and raised in a musical home, and now brings the songs of the Steppes and the Shtetl to modern, international crowds with passion and haunting soul. Whilst living in Kazan (capital of Tatarstan, Russia) Polina joined Russia′s first klezmer band and toured in Soviet theatres. Her vocal style is based on traditional techniques, and is uniquely influenced by East European Jewish and Russian folk song. Now living in Britain, Polina is head of several choirs and continues to tour internationally with Yiddish and Russian material. Her compositions are performed all over the world, and include choir pieces, music for theatre, and vocal settings for Yiddish poems.

“Shepherd′s compositions are highly original and sensitive… Polina′s piano playing enhances her distinctly beautiful compositions. The music expresses contemplation, exuberance, humour and pathos.” – Songlines

  • St Luke’s Church, Queens Park Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 9ZB
  • Friday February 16th – 7pm – 9pm
  • Tickets are available on the door and cost £7 / £5 concessions / free for under 16s.

Featured image by Jo


  1. sally griffiths

    Polina’a choirs are blessed with her energised and charismatic direction – always joyful, humorous, while aiming for the perfect note, and inspiring total harmony inside and out. A delight to sing with.

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