Revolution in Russia

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The Okinaga Room (enter via Holywell Music Room), Oxford


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100 years on from the Russian Revolution, Philip Ross Bullock leads a study day exploring Russian song, both its general history and in relation to the Revolution. A fascinating opportunity for those who wish to learn more about this rich musical tradition.

11.30am - 12.15pm - Rebecca Mitchell explores the lives of composers, performers and music-lovers in the decades running up to the collapse of the Russian Empire.

2.45pm - 3.30pm - Pauline Fairclough examines the dramatic impact of the October Revolution on music-making in Soviet Russia.

4pm - 4.45pm - Philip Ross Bullock looks at the relationship between Russia’s two greatest song composers around the turn of the twentieth century.

Free (booking advised via our website:


This event is part of a day exploring Russian song in the centenary of the Russian Revolution. The concert schedule for the day is as follows:


1.10pm - 2.10pm - Russian Romances: a lunchtime recital with Katherine Broderick (soprano) and Sergey Rybin (piano) including songs by Mussorgsky, Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov and others.

5.30pm - 6.20pm - 1917: The Last Flowering: a piano recital given by Alexander Karpeyev including works by Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and others.

7.30pm - 9.30pm - Tchaikovsky: an evening song recital with Andrei Bondarenko (baritone) and Gary Matthewman (piano).

10pm - 11pm - Rachmaninov: a late-night recital with Ilona Domnich (mezzo-soprano) and Sholto Kynoch (piano)