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Spring/Summer 2018

Slavonic Whitsun celebration with Izba Voices. Sounds from rural Russia, Belorussia and Ukraine.
Monday 21st May, 7.30pm. Deptford Town Hall.

A celebration of the most magical and flourishing time of the year, filled with songs, games and village traditions. You will hear beautiful improvised polyphonies from Russia: ritual midsummer calls, merry dance songs, flowing lyrical songs and much more. Pentecost – a major Orthodox church holiday – is represented in the folk calendar by a stunning variety of traditions and rituals related to the transition from spring to summer, when nature is at its peak, in bloom, in growth, full of life and bird song. Beautiful traditional costumes collected and made by ethnic traditions expert Zinaida Petruchenia, represent various regions of Russia and Ukraine.

Izba Voices is led by an established performer, singing teacher and ethnomusicologist Polina Proutskova, who recently completed an PhD in MIR at Goldsmiths, University of London. Much of the unique music performed by Izba was recorded by Polina in rural Russia during her field expeditions.

Book Launch: Ivana Medić “From Polystylism to Metapluralism: Essays on Late Soviet Symphonic Music”
Deptford Town Hall, Tuesday 12 June, 6pm

Ivana Medić, Research Associate with the Institute of Musicology of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts and Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Russian Music at Goldsmiths, presents here new volume. The collection of essays addresses the stylistic diversification in orchestral music in the last decades of the Soviet Union, including studies of music by Gubaidulina, Pärt, Silvestrov and Tischenko. It also draws on Dr. Medić’s research at the Ivashkin-Schnittke Archive at Goldsmiths.