The award winning Brighton & Hove Russian Choir promotes Russian harmony singing and traditional Russian repertoire. The choir sings a wide range of Russian vocal music: lyrical songs, ritual music for pagan holidays, wedding and dance folk songs, Cossack songs, classical pieces by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Sviridov and others, Russian Orthodox Church music as well as choral arrangements of the Silver Century Art song.
The choir was founded in January 2009 and has a busy performance schedule. It has sung for the White Nights at the Victoria & Albert Museum, at Royal Festival Hall (Clore Ballroom) for Chorus 2015, Steyning Festival, Brighton Early Music Festival, Brighton Dome, Pushkin House London, Eastbourne Fiesta, for a Russian Zastolie Dinner evening at a Brighton restaurant, Brighton Bandstand events programme, Russian Art House for Brighton Christmas Open Houses, on Brighton Jubilee Square for the Spring Forward Adult Learning Festival and at Sussex University for the Russian Society, as well as many other events and venues.
Everything is sung in Russian but is carefully translated with attention to history and context of each piece. Cyrillic script, transliteration and translation are used in rehearsals. BHRC brings together music lovers of all backgrounds and singing levels with or without any knowledge of Russian language and culture. Prize winner of the Second Russian Song Competition in London 2010.