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Russian Choir Hits Right Notes at Ockbrook School

Author: Redbrick Published: 20th March 2012 14:20

Ockbrook School Senior Choir
Students from a specialist music school over 1,500 miles away in Moscow are lending their voices to a series of choral concerts in Derby, joining fellow pupils from local independent school Ockbrook School. 

The Ockbrook School Senior and Chamber Choir will be hosting two concerts with the Alexeev Music School Choir from Moscow, Russia. The concerts take place in the Ockbrook Moravian Church in Ockbrook on Wednesday 21st March at 7:30pm and in
Derby Cathedral on Thursday 22nd March at 12:00 noon.

Ockbrook's connection with Moscow is thanks to Inna Kulakova, whose daughter Ksenia is in Year 10 at the school. Inna is a former pupil at the Alexeev Music School and has arranged the choir's full itinerary for its trip to the UK, including its concerts with Ockbrook School.

Greg Maskalick, Director of Music, Ockbrook School, explains: "Three years ago I was asked by Inna and her husband Simon to go to the Alexeev School, which is where the current relationship started. This is a wonderful example of the strong partnership we enjoy between parents and staff, and which has facilitated a fantastic exchange of music via the international connections found at Ockbrook School.

"I performed in a concert with the Alexeev choir in the Great Hall at the Moscow Conservatoire of Music. It was such an inspiring experience I have been hoping to invite the choir to join us here in Derby ever since.

"This is a great occasion to witness and hear a great choir from Russia. Russian music schools have a fantastic tradition of choral excellence and it is a real privilege to hear and perform on the same concert stage with this fine group of young Russian musicians. I look forward to hosting them for these two very special concerts and hope to build an exchange music trip back to Moscow with our choir."

The concerts will feature each choir performing separately, and then together at the end of each concert. Joint choir items include Russian favourite ‘Kalinka' and English favourite ‘Look To This Day', by Bob Chilcott. The final piece of the 21st March concert is Abba's ‘Thank You For The Music', by request from the Alexeev Choir and a special arrangement for the occasion by Greg Maskalick.

Grangemount and Ockbrook School are located between Nottingham and Derby, just off the A52. Grangemount Nursery & Junior School to Ockbrook School is an independent school for boys and girls aged 2-11. Ockbrook School is currently an independent school for girls aged 11-18 years. For further details visit our website www.ockbrook.derby.sch.uk

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