International Russian Choral Assemblies
Paris - Brussels
9 - 11 October 2020 - Paris
18 June 2020 - Brussels (on-line event)
Choral music, in all its varieties, is an important part of the Russian cultural identity. It helps to preserve and promote Russian language and culture, as well as to establish artistic relations with other countries and cultures. The Russian Choirs’ Assembly aims to the attention of the French and European public by performing different less known traditions and repertoire, from the sacred music and opera extracts, to romances and popular songs, in the timespan between the 18th and 20th centuries.
The Assembly also aims to create a forum that would give the opportunity for the choir members and directors to hold discussions around the subjects of mutual interests, also allowing for the display and public appreciation of their work. The intention of the organizational committee is to uphold the regular meetings, as the tradition established by the first Assembly, and to develop a network aimed at the preservation and spreading of the traditions of Russian choral music.
Responsable de la Commission du Patrimoine Culturel du Conseil de Coordination des Russes de France
Ioulia Emchanova Derache
Russian Choirs' Assembly Director
Association "Saisons Franco-Russes"
Association "Projet Russe"
DIrecteurs du Festival "Rendez-vous avec la Russie"
information aux participants
Arrival and registration of participants, rehearsals, setting up of stands
Opening ceremony of the Assembly, words of welcome
Presentations of choirs and performance (session 1)
Coffee break, discussions around the stands
Presentations of choirs and performance (session 2)
Registration of new participants
Work session or table-ronde
Workshop with maestro open to the participants and public
Presentations of choirs and performance (session 3)
Rehearsal of all choirs for the Gala
Closing ceremony and diplomas handling
INFORMATION for participants
The Assembly invites all interested French and European choir associations. Choirs invited from Russia, in a limited number, due to organizational difficulties, are also welcomed.
All participants have the possibility to present a short video introduction and a thematic stand, presenting their choir and the composers whose pieces are interpreted. Those stands will be set up in the entry hall so that all participants can have get acquainted with it.
All groups participating at the assembly will be rewarded participation certificate.
Organization fees – 50€ per choir.
The transport and accommodation of participants will not be covered by the Assembly.
A sightseeing tour of Paris by foot can be organized on demand by the Commission of Cultural heritage.
The program shall be composed of:
At least 3 songs of Russian composers (or Russian-speaking), interpreted in Russian;
If possible, at least one French song to honor the town/country hosting the Assembly;
If possible, at least one song from a composer native to the choir’s country.
The stage time for each choir is limited to 20-30 min depending on the number of participants and the proposed program; it includes the short video presentation and a Q&A session with experts and fellow participants at the end of the presentation. All participants are invited to join the final gala concert, which will also be an occasion for all choirs to sing together (music sheets will be provided in advance so that everyone can prepare). A general rehearsal will take place before the gala with the musical director of the Assembly.
To participate, associations are invited to fill in the following the links
End of registration for Russian Choirs' Assembly in Paris
for chorals until September 10th, 2020
for individual participants until October 5th 2020
End of registration for Russian Choirs' Assembly in Brussels
for chorals until June 10th, 2020