An evening of songs, poetry and foot-tapping nostalgia to mark the anniversary of the end of the Second World War. All your favourite 1940s songs from the inimitable Mazaika Duo, and the most memorable war poetry performed by Tatiana Schofield and Elena Dobson. In Russian with some English translation.
Doors open 6.30pm
Concert 7pm to 9pm, with one short interval.
Bar 9pm to 9.30pm.
SARAH HARRISON [England] trained as a classical violinist at the Guildhall School of Music [&] Drama in London after which extensive travels enabled her to experiment with many other musical styles. She has worked with Django Bates and Delightful Precipice, The Folk Orchestra (now Orbestra), Charanga Rivera and the Marianne Olyver Gypsy Orchestra. She has also appeared widely in the theatre, including two tours with Lumiere [&] Son, a run with Fascinating Aida at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, and at the National Theatre. She leads a string quartet - The Picasso Players - and is a member of the Hot Club of New Cross. She gave a concert of works by Fritz Kreisler and contemporaries at the Purcell room with pianist Howard Beach in May 2003
IGOR OUTKINE [Russia] studied classical accordion at Elektrostal's music college and traditional singing at the Gnesin Institute in Moscow. He performed extensively with top folk groups and with the Rozovsky Theatre of Moscow. In 1996 he met violinist Sarah Harrison with who he created Mazaika. His performance of Russian Tangos, Romances and Folksongs at the Oxford Chamber Music Festival in 2000 was broadcast by BBC Radio 3. In 2004 he appeared in London's Almeida Theatre with Soft Cell lead singer Marc Almond playing and singing Russian songs and is featured on Marc’s live DVD “Sin Songs”. He has played on several major film soundtracks including "The Man Who Knew Too Little" (1998), "Birthday Girl" (2001), "Mirrormask" (2004), "La Vie en Rose" (1997), and "la Mome" (2007). Igor also appears on screen in the new feature film "Eastern Promises" (2007) directed by David Cronenberg ("Fly", "Crash") singing the Russian song Dark Eyes.
Elena Dobson was born in Moscow. She graduated from Moscow Lomonosov State University in philosophy and, after completing a PhD in Economic Sociology, moved to the UK, where she taught Sociology, Politics, Soviet History and Media Studies at British universities for a number of years. She left academia to study for a degree in Communications, Advertising and Marketing and for the past 7 years has been working in Public Relations. She has been passionate about poetry since school and has performed regularly at concerts and events in Russia.
Born in Moscow, Tatiana Schofield is now a technology transfer manager working at the interface between science, industry and entrepreneurs. She has always been searching for ways to express her passion for art and love of Russian literature. She recently graduated from a drama class at Pinewood Studios and will be introducing her favourite poetry to share her passion for the Russian language, its poetical rhythms and musical richness.