About the group
Despite the political doom and gloom that appears to be descending to an ever increasing degree on Anglo-Russian relations the Buckingham and District U3A Russian Group meets with unabated enthusiasm on the second and fourth Friday mornings of the month, meeting in members’ homes as far apart as Silverstone in Northamptonshire and Harlington in Bedfordshire. Everyday spoken Russian is always in our sights, but we also take time to practise our listening, reading and writing skills.
Lorna Joy has acquired and distributed copies of АНГЛИЯ, a newspaper published in London for the city’s 200,000 strong Russian population, a recent issue of which featured an interesting article on the new город сад (garden city) of Bicester.
In stark contrast to the political scene there is always a generous helping of Russian cultural events available to us locally. In the past few months we have had the opportunity to: see a live screening of Tchaikovsky’s opera Iolanta from the Metropolitan Opera, New York, with Anna Netrebko in the title role; witness a first-class performance of Mussorgsky’s Pictures from an Exhibition given by Craig Greene at the Radcliffe Centre; and attend an excellent Russian film, “Leviathan”, at the Film Place.
Forthcoming offerings include a recital of pieces by Tchaikovsky, Borodin and Glinka by the renowned Russian pianist Alexander Ardakov at Christ the Cornerstone, Milton Keynes, a rendering by Craig Greene of Rachmaninov’s Variations on a Theme by Paganini at the same venue, and a rare performance of Prokofiev’s ballet “Ivan the Terrible” via a live screening from the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. How fortunate we are to have access to such digitally-enabled events!
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