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(also known as The Kiev Players)

 
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Photos from the 2003 Concerts at Winchcombe and Withington

 
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The Kiev Singers 2004 Spring Tour
Last Updated: January 28, 2004 .

The Kiev Singers are Touring the United Kingdom again. The Kiev Singers will not be performing at Hawling this year but we want to wish them the very best with their Tour. 

The Kiev Singers will be performing at Winchcombe Methodist Church on 24th February, 2004 (time to be confirmed). If you require further details please contact me and I will put you in touch with the right person.

The Kiev Singers will also be performing in many other venues across the country. Again if you would like to know more please send an email 

 

About the Kiev Singers

The performers are based in Kiev, Ukraine and are all professional singers and/or musicians. 

Concerts generally consist of two parts, the first containing Ukrainian liturgical music and some European Classics and the second part included some popular Ukrainian Folk songs. Unlike Russian Orthodox Singers the Kiev Players use musical accompaniment. 

The group usually consists of 3 performers and an interpreter. Usually two of the performers sing, one plays the organ/piano/keyboard and one of the singers also plays the Ukranian National Instrument, the Bandura.

 

LARISSA DEORDIEVA (Piano/Organ) 

Larisa travelled on both the 2002 and 2003 Tour. 

Larissa is the graduate of the National Academy of Music in Kiev. in 1978 she received the first award for participating in The National Competition of pianists in Lviv, Ukraine. In 1992 she was the diploma’s laureate of the International Festival of the young performers (Kiev, Ukraine). In 2000 she went to Belgium with Kiev Children Choir to take part in the International Festival of choirs. From 1981 up to now days she is a soloist of the National Philharmonic Society of Ukraine (Kiev).

She goes on tours around Ukraine, Belorussia, Russia, Hungary and the UK as the soloist and the accompanist. Larissa has a rich repertoire and has successfully performed with solo programmes on the following themes: "Bach and his creations”, "The evening of the waltz”, "The Spanish images in the piano music”, "The Ukrainian piano music of XVIII - XX centuries”, "List and Shopen”, "The evening of the German piano music”, as well as with the orchestra: "The Slavonic concerto” by Ukrainian composer B. Lyatoshinskiy, ”Concerto ?1” by P. Tchaykovsky. Her repertoire also includes the works of the modern Ukrainian composers, such as L. Dichko, M. Skorik, Revuckiy, Lyatoshinsky. Larissa has a rich fund of the records on the Ukrainian radio and television.

 

LARISA EIDELNANT (Soprano and Bandura)

Larisa studied bandura at specialised music school in Kiev and now is a final year student at Kiev National University of Culture and Art (Bandura Department). Within last 4 years she has been actively performing in the biggest concert halls in Kiev and around Ukraine. Her repertoire includes Ukranian music by Verbitsky, Bortniansky, Leontovitch, Stecenko as well as European music by Frank, Puccini, Mozart, Grieg, Pergolesi.

 

OLEKSII KOLOMOIETS (Bayan)

No details yet! Although I do know Oleksii will be playing the Bayan...

Originally the bayan was introduced into Eastern Ukraine from Russia in the 1920's and into Western Ukraine after the WWII. It is now used prolifically and has replaced many traditional Ukrainian folk instruments in many regions of Ukraine. The accordion was initially introduced into Russia in the 1830's from Germany. It was developed into its modern form by the St. Petersburg instrument maker P. Sterlingov in 1907.

 

 

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The Kiev Singers 2003 Spring Tour

We were delighted that the Kiev Singers could perform for us again at Hawling. The concert was a tremendous success and we thoroughly enjoyed the performance. The singers performed to a full chapel and we were delighted that so many were able to enjoy the performance. The concert raised over £390, of which £156 will go to Kiev Hospital, helping children suffering from the Chernobyl disaster. Thanks go to all who came to support this event and for giving so generously.

The performance on Friday 18th April was also very successful. Over 80 people attended the concert and the performance raised over £400. Thanks to everyone who helped make the event so successful. 40% of the proceeds will go to Kiev Hospital. For photos of this event click here.

Over 30 people attended Withington Church on a cold Easter Saturday evening. The concert raised £117, with 40% going to Kiev Hospital. For photos of this event click here.

The singers arrived in the UK on the 29th March 2003. Their first concert was in Woodford on the 30th March and are on tour until the end of May . 

Venues in this Area:

Thursday 17th April at 7:30pm - Hawling Methodist Chapel 

Friday 18th April at 7:30pm - Winchcombe Methodist Church

Saturday 19th April at 7:30pm - Withington Church of England Church

Other venues - email for details 

 

 

 

About the Kiev Singers

The singers are based in Kiev, Ukraine and are all professional singers and/or musicians.  As before there will be 3 singers and an interpreter. Two of the singers (Larisa and Yevgeny) were on the 2002 Tour. 

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The Kiev Singers
 (Marina Dzuba, Albina Ivanova, Evgen [Yevgeny] Safronchyk and Larissa Deordieva
 (photo taken at the 2003 Concert at Hawling)

 

Concerts generally consists of two parts, the first containing Ukrainian liturgical music and some European Classics and the second part included some popular Ukrainian Folk songs. 

Unlike Russian Orthodox Singers the Kiev Singers use musical accompaniment. The piano or keyboard is used as well as the Ukrainian national instrument, the Bandura. This is a wonderful instrument which is a pleasure to hear and one which takes great skill to play.

 

About the Singers

 

EVGEN SAFRONCHYK (Tenor)

Evgen (Yevgeny), tenor Commenced vocal studies at the age of 12 and later studied at the State Musical Academy in Odesa (Prof. Olga Nezhdanova). As principal soloist of the Ukrainian National Philarmonic Society he has appeared in various opera productions in the Ukraine and abroad in Italy, France and Germany. Evgen has extensive experience as a principal soloist with several leading Ukrainian opera companies as well as vocal ensembles. As guest soloist he toured the UK in 2000 and 2001 with the St. Petersburg Vocal Ensemble RUSSICUM (Prof. Andrey Ovetchkin) and appeared several times on radio at home and abroad. During the Chernobyl events Evgen sang several concerts for the fire men and workers of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and was awarded a special medal by the Ukrainian government after the events. His broad repertoire includes operas as Verdi’s La Traviata, Tchaikovsky’s Eugen Onegin, Lysenko’s Natalka-the Poltavian, classical West European as well as modern Ukrainian vocal pieces and traditional Ukrainian church music and folks songs.

 

LARISSA DEORDIEVA (Piano) 

Larissa is the graduate of the National Academy of Music in Kiev. in 1978 she received the first award for participating in The National Competition of pianists in Lviv, Ukraine. In 1992 she was the diploma’s laureate of the International Festival of the young performers (Kiev, Ukraine). In 2000 she went to Belgium with Kiev Children Choir to take part in the International Festival of choirs. From 1981 up to now days she is a soloist of the National Philharmonic Society of Ukraine (Kiev).

She goes on tours around Ukraine, Belorussia, Russia, Hungary and the UK as the soloist and the accompanist. Larissa has a rich repertoire and has successfully performed with solo programmes on the following themes: "Bach and his creations”, "The evening of the waltz”, "The Spanish images in the piano music”, "The Ukrainian piano music of XVIII - XX centuries”, "List and Shopen”, "The evening of the German piano music”, as well as with the orchestra: "The Slavonic concerto” by Ukrainian composer B. Lyatoshinskiy, ”Concerto ?1” by P. Tchaykovsky. Her repertoire also includes the works of the modern Ukrainian composers, such as L. Dichko, M. Skorik, Revuckiy, Lyatoshinsky. Larissa has a rich fund of the records on the Ukrainian radio and television.

 

MARINA DZUBA (soprano, bandura) 

Marina finished the high musical school in Chernigiv, Ukraine and now she is the last year student of the National Academy of Music on Kiev. In 2000 she was a participant in the second International Competition of G. Hotkevich.

She formed a duet of bandurists in 2001 and successfully performed on the national stage. Being a bandurist in the Ensemble ”Zhuravka”, won the first price in the International Competition (Fivizzano, Italy, Spring 2002). Her repertoire includes Ukrainian church music by Verbitsky, Bortniansky, Leontovitch, Stecenko as well as West European vocal music by Frank, Puccini, Mozart, Grieg, Pergolesi and instrumental music by Debussy, Tchaikovsky and Piazzola.

 

ALBINA IVANOVA (tour co-ordinator and interpreter).


Albina is responsible for organising the tour and ensuring that the singers get to each venue on time. She is fluent in English and is able to translate for the singers. Albina also takes the role of narrator during the performance. Her role should not be underestimated as without an interpreter and co-ordinator the tour would not be possible.

 

 

 

How much will a concert cost?

Concerts by the Kiev Singers are free. Generally admission to a concert is free and there is a free will offering taken at the end of the performance. In the case of Hawling, we are a very small chapel, with room for just 50 people. It was decided that selling tickets was necessary to ensure that we didn't have more people turn up than there were seats available. In hindsight this was a very wise decision!

Equally, there is no charge if you want the singers to perform in your Church. What's the catch? The singers rely on the hospitality of their hosts to provide a place to stay and food to eat. Generally they stay with their hosts and this provides an excellent opportunity to get to know each other. I would personally recommend this as we enjoyed meeting and talking with the singers and really did get to know them. 

If you would like some tips on hosting the Kiev Singers I would recommend this website. Russicum is not directly connected with the Kiev Singers but share similar interests.

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How The Kiev Singers Travel to Concerts?

The Kiev Singers travel all over the UK and perform in churches in England, Wales and Scotland. A reliable form of transport is essential. Last year the singers travelled to concerts using a Volvo Estate car. I have been told that the singers will be using a similar car this year. The car is insured and Yevgeny has a UK driving licence. All the singers need to know is accurate directions to your Church!

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Fund Raising

Part of the mission of the The Kiev Singers is to raise money to help support children affected by the Chernobyl disaster. 40% of the funds raised by the concerts  will be allocated to support children affected by radiation as well as orphan children. This is something which we tend to hear little about in the UK now, yet the effects of the disaster are still affecting a large number of people. I was told by Elena Smirnova, the 2002 Tour Co-ordinator that their 2002 UK tour raised over £5,000 pounds for the children of Chernobyl. To find out where the money went and how it was used click here

Update: 20th July 2003

I have heard from Elena Smirnova  that the 2003 UK tour raised over £5,100 pounds for the children of Chernobyl. Let us hope that forthcoming tours can be as successful. 

 

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How can I contact the Kiev Singers?

If you are interested in knowing where they are performing or what dates are available for concerts please fill in the Feedback Form below.

 

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If you would be interested in hearing the Kiev Singers please fill in the form below. We will keep you updated with information as and when it breaks!

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The Kiev Singers can also be contacted by email.

When on Tour the Kiev Singers can be contact by Mobile Phone. If you need their number please contact me and I will let you know.

 

 

The Bandura

The Bandura is the Ukranian National Instrument and deserves special mention. It is a fabulous instrument, comprising of no less than 60 strings and takes years of practice to master. To find out more about this incredible musical instrument please visit http://www.bandura.org/bandura.htm

 

Zariana with her Bandura
The Ukrainian national instrument, the Bandura.

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Written by Peter Richards
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Last Updated: April 27, 2006 .