Party atmosphere with touring Ukranian choir

The Boyen Ensemble
The Boyen Ensemble

Ukraine’s top male choir, The Boyan Ensemble of Kiev, is heading to Buxton.

The 26-strong Ukranian choir, accompanied by a single soprano, will stage a concert at St John’s Church on Friday October 11 at 7.30pm.

The programme will feature unaccompanied sacred music, some of which has evolved from 11th century chants from the ancient Kyiv Monastery of the Caves, followed by Ukrainian folk songs.

To mark the bicentenary of the birth of the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi, the choir will also be singing his famous ‘Anvil Chorus’ from the opera ‘Il Trovatore’.

Also included will be the beautiful soprano aria, ‘La Vergine Degli Angeli’ from ‘Force of Destiny’ and the sparkling duet ‘Libiamo’, (the drinking song), from ‘La Traviata’.

Tour organiser Margarete Rolle said: “Much of the singing is unaccompanied and there is a party atmosphere in the second half when traditional songs of joy, humour and nostalgia convey the extraordinarily rich folk culture of Ukraine.

“Superb soloists feature throughout and we are all very much looking forward to performing this thrilling programme to our British audiences.”

Tickets, priced £17 or £16 for groups of ten or more, are available on 01298 77947.