Kiev ‘cossacks’ choir to perform at Bury Parish Church
BOYAN Ensemble of Kiev, hailed as one of the world’s greatest professional choirs, will be staging a concert at Bury Parish Church on Thursday.
The 26-strong male voice choir from the Ukraine, whose programmes are described as “all Cassocks and Cossacks,” will be adding anvils to their performance. This is their 21st annual British tour and the choir will be accompanied by a soprano.
In the first half, which starts at 7.30pm, the choir will sing unaccompanied sacred music, some of which has evolved from 11th century chants from the ancient Kyiv Monastery of the Caves, while in the second half a striking change of mood features Ukrainian folk songs.
To mark the bicentenary of the birth of the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi, the choir will also be singing his famous Anvil Chorus from the opera Il Trovatore.
Margarete Rolle, organiser of the British tour, said: “The choir often moves its fans in this country to tears with the beauty and passion of its singing and it is known and acclaimed internationally for its mastery of this unique vocal technique.
“Much of the singing is unaccompanied and there is a party atmosphere in the second half when traditional songs of joy, humour and nostalgia convey the extraordinarily rich folk culture of Ukraine.”
- Tickets are available by calling 0161 2535111 or 01706 526001.
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