9–12 September 2010
THE SCRATCH® RUSSIAN ROMANCE
Smolny Cathedral, St Petersburg
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!