St Mary & St Peter’s Scottish Episcopal Church on the Mid Links in Montrose has some of the best acoustics in Scotland.
So what better than to put this to the test by listening to a programme of music by the Russian Voskresenije Ensemble choir from St Petersburg?
On Wednesday, November 11 at 7pm the audience will be treated to a programme of sacred music by Rachmaninov, Tshenokov and Saint-Saens followed in the second half by a selection of Russian folk songs.
The choir are trained at the world leading St Petersburg Conservatoire.
Their director, Jurij Maruk, originally from West Siberia, has worked at the Marinskij Theatre in St. Petersburg as both a singer and conductor. Jurij has also been choir master of the St. Petersburg radio and television choir.
The Voskresenije Ensemble consists of nine professional singers, including one of only two basso profundo singers in St. Petersburg capable of reaching the lowest notes required in the Rachmaninov pieces they perform. Not to be missed, the song about the drunken Bursch, set in a pub, gives the basso profundo Anatoly Artamonov an opportunity to display an extraordinary range of bass notes that few even in the world of Russian choral music can attain. The choir’s performance will be complemented by an exhibition of paintings, ceramics, jewellery, glasswork and cards by local practising artists. Exit will be by donation. A percentage of all proceeds, including artwork purchased, will go to St Mary & St Peter’s renovation fund in order to upgrade the building for community use for future events such as this. The balance will be donated to the choir towards their travel and living expenses, as they are not paid for any of their performances