Tomorrow evening St Salvador’s church is playing host to a choir from St Petersburg, Russia called Blagovest. This will be their third visit to us, although only their second concert at St Salvador’s.
The concert is at St Salvador’s Episcopal Church, 61 Saughton Mains Street, Edinburgh EH11 3QX at 7:30pm. Entry by donation. All welcome.
Their first visit coincided with our move to Edinburgh. As I was sitting at my desk emailing friends and acquaintances our change of address, somewhere in the Midlands sat my friend Geoff Anderson wishing that he knew of one other friend in Edinburgh as he was looking for accommodation for himself and the three male members of Blagovest. Fast-forward a couple of weeks and Geoff was sleeping on our sofa, and Team Russia was safely tucked up in the guest room. Their concert that year was in St Peter’s, Lutton Place.
Last year Blagovest joined us for an Ascension Day service. They sang the Mass, and following a break after the dismissal they sang a 40 minutes programme of Russian folk songs. This year they get the venue to themselves: 40 minutes of sacred music, 40 minutes of folk songs.
I’m very much looking forward to seeing my Russian friends again, and to hearing them sing. You would be welcome to join us.