'The Bronze Horseman' in Senate Square, one of the best-known symbols of St Petersburg and a memorial to Peter the Great (Tsar of Russia, 1682-1725)

'The Bronze Horseman' in Senate Square, one of the best-known symbols of St Petersburg and a memorial to Peter the Great (Tsar of Russia, 1682-1725)

9–12 September 2010

THE SCRATCH® RUSSIAN ROMANCE

Smolny Cathedral, St Petersburg

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We have had repeated requests to visit St Petersburg—the most romantic of Russian cities, at least in Western eyes—so here it is at last!  Founded by Peter the Great in 1703, St Petersburg sits on the delta of the River Neva, next to the Gulf of Finland, and was Russia’s capital until 1918 (after the Revolution). 

Many buildings date from the mid to late 18th century, including our concert venue, Smolny Cathedral, so it is entirely appropriate that the music we have chosen is by Mozart (the Coronation Mass of 1779) and Haydn (his exuberant Te Deum for the Empress Marie Therese written in 1799).  Brian Kay will be responsible for ensuring that we sing our best, but can we improve on the standard of Messiah in Malta?  We can try! 

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