Russian singing at Luton Hoo

An evening of Russian harvest songs with the renowned Siberian singer Polina Skovoroda<br/><br/>organised by The Friends of Luton Hoo Walled Garden.

An evening of Russian harvest songs with the renowned Siberian singer Polina Skovoroda

organised by The Friends of Luton Hoo Walled Garden

Saturday 15 September from 6.00–8.00 pm at the Walled Garden

 Tickets cost �12 and include refreshments. To book, go to www.lhwg.org.uk

 

Zhatva (Harvest) is an old Russian sequence of rituals marking the main parts of the harvest. In early times it had magical associations. Joyful songs accompanied the rituals from the start of harvesting to the celebration at its completion, when the last sheaf, formed from ears cut by all the reapers and intertwined with flowers or dressed in women’s clothes, was carried into the village or left in the field until the next harvest. These songs mark the end of summer.

Polina Skovoroda, an internationally renowned singer from Siberia, will sing some of the Zhatva songs as well as songs about the history of the Russian people, their character and qualities, and the landscape.

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The audience will be encouraged to join in with the singing of ritual songs to influence the weather, songs of the summer and autumn folk calendar, laments, lyric and family songs, and circle dance songs.

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