The key event of the project “Authentic British music. Birmingham-Kyiv” took place on the stage of the National Operetta of Ukraine on 21.10.2021

22.10.2021

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Yesterday, on October 21, the similarly-named Concert the key event of “Authentic British Music. Birmingham-Kyiv” project was arranged at the support of the Ukrainian Cultural Fund and the British Council in Ukraine. “Authentic British Music. Birmingham-Kyiv” project consisted of 26 premiere works of British music and a great final of the Scottish song by Oleksander Koshyts performed by soloists, choir, symphony orchestra of the National Operetta of Ukraine and Youth and Boys Choir of Kyiv State Musical Lyceum named after M.Lysenko.

The integral, skillfully composed program of the concert became a guide for British musical culture for Ukrainian listeners. The concert consisted of baroque works by Handel and Purcell, music by Elgar and Stanford, fragments of operettas by Gilbert and Sullivan, recognized legislators of the British operetta genre. There were famous compositions performed at the court of Queen Elizabeth II, compositions from operettas by Edward German, the most popular folk songs. The online performance of Mark Wilde, Birmingham Opera soloist,  professor of singing of the Royal Academy of Music, was a special, unexpected and extremely enjoyable event. Especially for the concert in Kyiv, Mark created recordings in Lincoln Cathedral! The cathedral is considered to be one of the most valuable architectural structures in the British Isles. All listeners of the concert were impressed by beauty of British music sounded from Lincoln Cathedral.  Accompanied by the Orchestra of the National Operetta of Ukraine, Mark Wilde performed a popular in Great Britain “Kashmiri Song” by Amy Woodforde-Finden, and accompanied by the piano (David Honoris) he performed “Sleep” by Ivor Gurney  and “My Heart is lke a singing bird” by Herbert Perry. Soloists of the National Operetta of Ukraine performed works of British music improvisationally, playfully, with inspiration. The symphony orchestra worked out a significant layer of new British music at the extraordinarily short time and presented it brilliantly on the concert! The choir of the theater surprised with a varied sound of  the female compositions, male songs, in conjunction with the choir of youth and boys.

The final performance of the youth and boys choir of Kyiv State Musical Lyceum named after M. Lysenko a cappella, and then together with professional artists and musicians of the theater, completely conquered the large audience of the concert, which was broadcast live. A century later, Oleksander Koshyts music was performed again on the stage of the National Operetta of Ukraine, and enthusiastic listeners in Ukraine and Great Britain were happy united by the art!

Conductor – Sergiy Golubnychyi

Choirmaster-director – Igor Yaroshenko

Production Director, choreographer – Vadym Prokopenko

Production designer – Oleksandr Bilozub

Mentor of “Authentic British music. Birmingham – Kyiv” project, soloist of the Birmingham Opera Company, conductor of the Norwich Cathedral Choir, professor of singing of the Royal Academy of Music – Mark Wilde (Great Britain)

Soloists of the concert – Olena Arbuzova, Galyna Gregorchak, Valeria Tulis, Maryana Bodnar, Maxym Gara, Vitaliy Ivanov, Olexander Chuvpylo, Olexander Kharlamov

Choir of the National Operetta of Ukraine

Symphony Orchestra of the National Operetta of Ukraine

Project volunteers are the youth and boys choir of Kyiv State Music Lyceum named after M. Lysenko, choir leader – Maria Koval

The presenters of the concert are Maryana Bodnar and Olga Fedorenko

Texts of presenters – Kateryna Morozova

Authentic British Music Project. Birmingham-Kyiv realizing by the National Operetta of Ukraine together with the Birmingham Opera Company at the support of the Ukrainian Cultural Fund and the British Council in Ukraine is large-scale and multi-vectored. An online premiere of a film-concert based on the concert and project events will take place soon. Project results: video versions of Mark Wilde’s master classes, scores arranged by Maksym Kolomiyets the composer, videos of musical works performed by soloists, choir and orchestra of the National Operetta of Ukraine, informative articles and research materials will be posted on the Birmingham-Kyiv web platform and will be available 24/7.

Project team – Kseniya Novikova (information direction), Kateryna Morozova (educational direction), Maryana Bodnar (musical direction), Olena Tsyba (international direction), Sergiy Golubnychyi (concert conductor), Maksym Kolomiets (composer), Golodnikova Yulia (web platform), Hanna Myronova (accountant)