First Russian-British orchestra goes on tour in Russia and the UK

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In the run-up to the British part of the tour of the Britten-Shostakovich Festival Orchestra (BSFO), a meeting between the PR director of the orchestra Nicky Thomas and the representative of Rossotrudnichestvo in the UK Anton Chesnokov took place at the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo. A Russian-British orchestra, BSFO was created in the framework of the UK-Russia Year of Music, which is celebrated this year.

On September 16, the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo will hold a press conference and a discussion “The Impact of Friendship between Britten and Shostakovich on Diplomatic Relations during the Cold War”, which will be held with participation of the orchestra’s conductor Jan Latham-Koenig, author of the book Benjamin Britten in Russia Cameron Pike, journalist Isman Brown and Shostakovich expert Dan Driscoll.

86 musicians from leading conservatories and musical institutions of Russia and the UK were selected to take part in the orchestra: Royal Academy of Music (London), Royal College of Music (London), Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London), Royal Wales College of Music and Drama (Cardiff), Royal Conservatory of Birmingham, Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester), Royal Conservatory of Scotland (Glasgow), Department of Music, University of Oxford, Moscow State Conservatory, Gnesin’s Academy of Music (Moscow), Ippolitov-Ivanov Institute (Moscow), St. Petersburg State Conservatory, and Rostov State Conservatory.

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