On Friday night, Coventry Cathedral reverberated to the music of 200 young people as the orchestra were joined by Coventry Youth Wind Orchestra and Blue Coat School Choir to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the two cities becoming the first Twin Cities in the world.
Also present was the Deputy for the Lord Lieutenant for the West Midlands, Colonel George Marsh and Mrs Mary Marsh, the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Coventry and the Leader of Coventry City Council, Cllr Ann Lucas.
The visit, sponsored by Rotary International Rotary and Princeps Consulting inVolgograd, involved meeting pupils from 3 Coventry schools, rehearsals at Coventry University and a 2nd performance at the CBSO Orchestra in Birmingham.
The performance in Coventry Cathedral was a very special occasion for everyone involved. The 400-strong audience were enchanted. ‘Great evening. Wonderful orchestra so young and talented’ ‘Thanks for a great night. We both enjoyed it’ ‘Fabulous concert! Well done to all concerned’ are just a few of the comments made.
Egor Kogan, President of Volgograd Rotary International said:
‘This has been a very special week for us, visiting our Twin City of Coventry and listening to our young orchestra play in Coventry Cathedral. Rotary International is very keen to support young talent and we were very pleased to be able to lead the fundraising for this joint project.’
Yuri Ilynov, Music Director and Conductor of the Orchestra agreed:
‘I noticed a difference in the playing of the children this week as they raised their standards of play for their concerts. The atmosphere in the Cathedral was very special for us. The children were also excited at meeting The Lord and Lady Mayoress for Coventry, Lady Godiva and Peeping Tom!’
As well as Volgograd Rotary International and Princeps Consulting, the orchestra received support from a number of Volgograd based organisations including Volgograd Regional Government and in Coventry these included Coventry University’s Department for Performing Arts, CBSO Centre in Birmingham, Arts Council England and Coventry City Council.
For further information contact
Carol Brown E: watkinsbrown@
Yuri Ilynov E: Ilynov@mail.ru M: +7 917 849 2289