Concert at Ukrainian Cathedral Concert Hall: Folk Roots of Europe, 11-06-2016

April 12, 2016 • Cultural, Past Events • Views: 1589

 June concert - Orchestra 2016


Saturday 11 June, 2016 7.30PM


The Ukrainian Cathedral Hall, 21 Binney street, Mayfair, London, W1K 5BQ


£20 (children under 13 Free), including wine reception with canapé

get tickets at or text 07736735270


Music by E.Grieg, A.Dvorak, J.Brahms, N.Skalkottas, R.V.Williams, A.Sirenko and Georgian Folk Music.

With Music of Spheres Orchestra (soloist Orpheus Papafilippou) and a London based Georgian choir Maspindzeli (Musical Director-Bernard Burns).

Special guest appearance of Andriy Viytovych – viola soloist of the Royal Opera House

About the musicians:


Andriy Viytovych is a principal viola of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Born in Krementz, Ukraine, in 1971, Andriy started to play the violin at the age of seven. He studied in a specialist music school in Lviv and later at the Lviv Conservatory under Professor Shutko. In 1991 he won a scholarship to study at the Menuhin Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland, where he was taught by Professors Alberto Lysy and Johannes Eskaer. In 1996 Andriy joined the London Symphony Orchestra as co-principal viola and in 2000 became a principal viola with the Royal Opera House orchestra in Covent Garden. Andriy Viytovych is also a very committed chamber musician. He has worked with Yehudi Menuhin, Howard Shelley, LSO Chamber Players, International Menuhin Music Academy, Covent Garden Soloists and European Camerata. Read more about Andriy here.


Orpheus Papafilippou is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music who awarded him a scholarship to further his solo studies with Carmel Kaine at the Queensland Conservatorium in Australia.  His prizes include first prize in the Concerto Competition at the Richmond Music Festival playing the Sibelius Violin Concerto and the Silver Medal at the Marlow Music Festival. As a soloist he has performed in Great Britain, Greece, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Australia, China, Korea and on Cypriot National Television.  He is the leader and founder of the Orfeas String Quartet & Ensemble.  Read more about Orpheus here at his website.


Maspindzeli is a choir devoted to singing songs from the ancient polyphonic tradition of Georgia. It is led by Bernard Burns. The choir came about in 1999 in response to the growing interest in Georgian singing, which only became widely known in the west following Georgian independence in 1991, thanks to the work of leading Georgian teachers such as Joseph Jordania and the late Edisher Garakanidze. The choir has studied with visiting Georgian teachers and choirs on many occasions, and has made a specific point of studying authentic styles of singing from various regions of Georgia. “Maspindzeli” means “host” in Georgian and the choir has sung for the London Georgian community on a number of occasions, and has six times accepted an invitation to Georgia as part of the biennial Polyphonic Symposium at the Tbilisi Conservatory of Music, most recently in September, 2012. At home, the concert programme has included events in Oxford, Cambridge and Bristol.

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