Over the last four years, we have been committed to promoting cultural dialogue between the UK and Russia. With over 15 performances as part of this series, highlights include the UK premiere of Myaskovsky Symphony No. 27, the Russian premieres of several important 20th century works including Maxwell Davies' Eight Songs for a Mad King and Ligeti's Aventures & Nouvelles Aventures and four new commissions from young British and Russian composers. At the beginning of the 2017-18 season, we return to the Mariinsky with a production of George Benjamin's Written on Skin, at the special invitation of Valery Gergiev.
In St. Petersburg we have appeared as part of the International Conservatories Festival and the Sound Ways Festival and performed in venues including the Mariinsky Theatre, the St. Petersburg Philharmonia and St. Petersburg State Conservatory.
This series aims to:
- Promote cross-cultural relations between the UK and Russia, increasingly important given deteriorating political relations
- Introduce Russian audiences to important British composers and their works, and vice-versa with important Russian composers to British audiences, including a number of significant UK/Russian premieres
- Commission new works by both British and Russian composers and present these in concerts in both countries
- Provide opportunities for talented young British and Russian musicians to meet, exchange ideas and collaborate artistically