RUSSIA 2015.
In 2015 we teamed up with the Cambrian Male Choir from Tonypandy to form “Cantorion Rhondda” for a tour to Russia. We began with two concerts in Moscow, the first in the Anglican church where the congregation organised a post-concert barbecue for us, and the second in the Lutheran Cathedral. We then explored Moscow’s historic sights in cloudless, hot weather with choristers enjoying ice-creams in the Kremlin Gardens as well as singing to the locals in a tavern near our hotel. On to St Petersburg by train and our final concert was in the State Glinka Cappella, home of Russia’s oldest choir. The acoustics of the Cappella Hall were excellent and we were well pleased with our reception – back at our hotel we also sang to the guests and received a standing ovation for an impromptu performance of a prayer in Russian by the 18th century Ukrainian composer Dmytro Bortniansky. Our return journey was via Tallinn and Riga, allowing us to sample the sights and culture of both Estonia and Latvia before an evening flight home.