Estonian Music and Musicians Were Showcased in London


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The past week saw many events in London, where Estonian music and musicians were in the spotlight. On  January 22th, the  event “Estonia – A Music Powerhouse“,  a concert by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and premiere of composer Roxanna Panufnik’s album “Dance of Life - Tallinn Mass”, introduced Estonian classical music.

Estonian ambassador Aino Lepik reiterated, that London is one of the most vibrant centres of culture in the world and therefore it is extremely important for us to be able to bring Estonian works to the fore here. “The embassy in London works closely with various Estonian organisations in order to offer the local public quality and diverse cultural experiences,” the ambassador said.

Cultural Counsellor of the Estonian embassy Kristel Oitmaa said the goal of the event  “Estonia – A Music Powerhouse“, co-organised by the Estonian Music Development Center and the Estonian Embassy in London, was to introduce Estonian classical music to concert organisers, managers and other key figures in London’s music scene.  “Not just musicians, but numerous other people representing Estonia’s music industry took part, since such contact events are an ideal environment in which to search for and create contacts with music entrepreneurs and organisers of cultural events,” Oitmaa explained.

Performing music by Estonian composers as part of the concert were Monika-Evelin Liiv (mezzo-soprano), Sten Lassmann (piano), Anna-Liisa Bezrodny (violin), Ulla Krigul (organ), the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta (a small representation), soloist Riivo Kallasmaa (oboe) and conductor Andres Mustonen.

The introductory event was followed that same evening by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir’s concert at the LSO’s St. Luke Church.  The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir’s performance was also the opening concert of London’s A Capella Festival.
January 22nd also saw the premiere of Great Britain’s renown composer Roxanna Panufnik’s new CD  “Dance of Life - Tallinn Mass”. The album was recorded by Warner Classics Music and the CD premiere was a collaborative effort between Warner Classics and the Estonian Embassy in London.

Performing at the premiere were composer Roxanna Panufnik, Doris Kareva, Jürgen Rooste and soprano Patricia Rozario. The world premiere of the work ”Dance of Life - Tallinn Mass” took place in the summer of 2011 at St. John’s (Jaani) Church in Tallinn.
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