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An evening dedicated to the Russian language in its most beautiful form. Princess Youssoupoff will read a selection of Pushkin’s most beautiful poetry, to remember his famously prolific autumn at Boldino, with classical Russian romances played on the guitar by the ever-popular Yuri Verevkin.

HSH Princess Natalya Grigorievna Eromina Youssoupoff is an academician (USA), doctor of science (Russia) and professor (UK) in the history of literature and the arts. She is published as a novelist, playwright and poet and has worked on radio and television. Among her ancestors was the first famous Russian playwright and poet Alexander Sumarokov who at the behest of the Russian Empress Elizabeth became the first director of the Imperial Theatre in St. Petersburg in the eighteenth century. Her work includes a stage version of her novel in verse Boyarynya Morozova , the opera version of which, with her libretto, was staged at the Royal Academy of Music. She has been active for many years on Russian-British government commissions and committees, and is the director of the International Charitable Art Foundation Prelude , which helps promote talented individuals in classical art.

Yuri Verevkin was born in the town of the sun and sea – Sochi. He graduated from the Conservatory of Gorky with Master Degree. Yuri is a professional singer and a jazz pianist, and has performed all throughout the former Soviet Unio n, Finland, and Cyprus as well as Great Britain, where he has been based since 1994. As a composer, accompanist and arranger he has performed with many distinguished artists. Yuri is a renowned performer of Russian and Gypsy traditional music and Romances. For over 30 years he has been researching and archiving Russian romantic ballads and Gypsy songs. He has an impressive discography of his interpretations of the songs and his own compositions, including a highly acclaimed cycle of songs on the poetry of S. Esenin. His recordings are frequently broadcast on the BBC, national radio and television stations in the UK and Russia. Yuri is a consultant on Russian and Gypsy Romantic music for “Musica Nova” Russian-British Music Academy.

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