Blagovest — Russian Choir Concert

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.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Former Scrum master at Safeguard Global, Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

One thought on “Blagovest — Russian Choir Concert”

  1. The concert was fantastic! I was moved, at times to tears, at other times to laughter. What a professional choir, and a group of lovely, lovely individuals. I really missed them when they left.

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