Russian singing at Luton Hoo
PUBLISHED: 17:39 18 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:51 20 February 2013
An evening of Russian harvest songs with the renowned Siberian singer Polina Skovoroda<br/><br/>organised by The Friends of Luton Hoo Walled Garden.
An evening of Russian harvest songs with the renowned Siberian singer Polina Skovoroda
organised by The Friends of Luton Hoo Walled Garden
Saturday 15 September from 6.008.00 pm at the Walled Garden
Tickets cost 12 and include refreshments. To book, go to www.lhwg.org.uk
Zhatva (Harvest) is an old Russian sequence of rituals marking the main parts of the harvest. In early times it had magical associations. Joyful songs accompanied the rituals from the start of harvesting to the celebration at its completion, when the last sheaf, formed from ears cut by all the reapers and intertwined with flowers or dressed in womens clothes, was carried into the village or left in the field until the next harvest. These songs mark the end of summer.
Polina Skovoroda, an internationally renowned singer from Siberia, will sing some of the Zhatva songs as well as songs about the history of the Russian people, their character and qualities, and the landscape.
The audience will be encouraged to join in with the singing of ritual songs to influence the weather, songs of the summer and autumn folk calendar, laments, lyric and family songs, and circle dance songs.