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Stars of the Albion. Maslenitsa.

International Performing Arts Competition
23 – 26 February 2017
Applications deadline: 1 February 2017
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Stars of the Albion. New Talents World.

International Youth Arts Festival & Summer Course
26 June 2016 - 3 July 2016
18 - 25 July 2016
22 - 28 August 2016
Applications Deadline: 10 June 2016
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STARS OF THE ALBION


“Discovering New Talents World” The Business Курьер 2015

“Stars of the Albion” international performing arts competition is the annual event which joins young extraordinary talented musicians and dancers from across the world. The project forms a unique bridge connecting different cultures and in particular of Russia and Great Britain. It aims to provide valuable opportunities for young emerging artists to perform, learn, communicate and develop.
The project is organised and promoted by Musica Nova, the International Academy of Music, a unique bilingual establishment in the UK that combines the best of British and Russian principles of teaching. “Stars of the Albion” is supported by the Mission of Rossotrudnichestvo in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Embassy of the Russian Federation to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Russian Community Council of Great Britain.
The 4th international performing arts competition “Stars of the Albion” will be held on 22 - 26 February 2017 in London. It consists of two Rounds. The first one is based on video recordings. The second is opened to the public and is held at the concert hall of Mission of Rossotrudnichestvo in the UK, at the Musica Nova Academy and at the Rudolf Steiner Theatre in central London. 35 soloists and 15 ensembles will be selected to come to London to participate in the II round. We expect participants from Great Britain, France, Italy, Russia, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Georgia, Armenia and Ukraine to participate in the competition.
Participation in this contest is open to artists from 6 years old with no age limit and is divided between age categories, with two options of participation: as amateur or professional performers. All styles and genres can be presented for the competition programme.
This year the competition is held during a very significant Russian festival’s called “Maslenitsa”. And one of the cash prizes has been allocated for the best performance of music by a Russian composer. One of the nominations include competition for the best performance of famous Romantic song – Russian Romance, a very special genre of Lieder music. Organisers plan to hold a series of master classes and workshops on interpretation of Russian Romance with Russian language tutors and accompanists.
The adjudication panel is comprised of famous musicians, composers, producers and artists, international judges.
We are looking forward to welcome you to our events & to extraordinary discoveries of the “Stars of the Albion” project!

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Founder and Executive Producer

Evgenia Terentieva

Evgenia Terentieva

Pianist, singer, composer
Evgenia Terentieva

Evgenia Terentieva

Pianist, singer, composer

Pianist, singer, composer, winner of international competitions and prestigious awards. She adjudicates at several international competitions in Great Britain and Europe. In 2011 Evgenia was awarded Gold Franz Kafka Medal for her outstanding contribution to the world culture and a “Queen’s Award” from the British Council. She is the CEO and an executive producer of Musica Nova, the International Academy of Music, and “Stars of the Albion” festival-contest in London.

Jury

SH Princess Natalya G. Eromina Youssoupoff (UK)

SH Princess Natalya G. Eromina Youssoupoff (UK)

An Academician (USA), Doctor of Science (USSR), a Professor (UK)
SH Princess Natalya G. Eromina Youssoupoff (UK)

SH Princess Natalya G. Eromina Youssoupoff (UK)

An Academician (USA), Doctor of Science (USSR), a Professor (UK)

A novelist, playwright and poet Natalya Sumarokova counts among her forebears the first Russian professional playwright and poet Alexander Sumarokov, who was also the director of the first Russian Imperial Theatre in St Petersburg in the 18th century. Her Highness has published and broadcast widely. Author of many novels including, ‘Boyarina Morozova’ and ‘Signet ring of Chengiz Khan’, books of poetry, plays.

Count Pierre Cheremetieff

Count Pierre Cheremetieff

Honorary chairman of the contest
Count Pierre Cheremetieff

Count Pierre Cheremetieff

Honorary chairman of the contest

Architect, philanthropist and social activist. Chairman of the Russian Musical Society in Paris and the rector of the Paris Russian Conservatory named after Sergei Rachmaninoff. Chairman of the Presidium of the International Council of Russian Compatriots.

Diana Gurtskaya

Diana Gurtskaya

Famous singer
Diana Gurtskaya

Diana Gurtskaya

Famous singer

Famous singer who resides in Moscow, Russia. Gurtskaya has a number of awards to her credit. Most notably, a 2007 Russian Honourable Artist award given to her by president Vladimir Putin, a Medal of Honour given to her by Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, and the Award of Saint Barbara in Ukraine amongst others. She has recorded duets with various well-known foreign singers including Ray Charles, Toto Cutugno, and Demis Roussos.

Olga Balakleets

Olga Balakleets

Concert pianist, producer
Olga Balakleets

Olga Balakleets

Concert pianist, producer

Olga Balakleets – concert pianist, producer, CEO of Ensemble Productions and Festival of Russian Culture “Maslenitsa” in London.

Arman Ghukosyan

Arman Ghukosyan

Dancer, choreographer and teacher
Arman Ghukosyan

Arman Ghukosyan

Dancer, choreographer and teacher

Dancer, choreographer and teacher of folkdance, Latin American, hip hop, modern ballet, contemporary, jazz, Broadway dances; Art Director of dance group “GOLD STARS” (Armenia). President of the World Council of International Judges, World Association of Performing Arts. Gold Medals at the international championship (Bulgaria/NESEBR), Gold Medals in JERASH/JORDAN and ISMAILIA/EGYPT.

Melanie Spanswick

Melanie Spanswick

Pianist, author, teacher, presenter, adjudicator
Melanie Spanswick

Melanie Spanswick

Pianist, author, teacher, presenter, adjudicator

Melanie Spanswick is a pianist, author, teacher, presenter, and adjudicator. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Performance Studies from the Royal College of Music in London. Her performances include appearances at many of the major UK concert halls; a solo recording and broadcasts on major radio channels. Melanie has taught the piano at Reading University and the Royal College of Music Junior Department,

Alexa Pol

Alexa Pol

Singer, choir conductor, songwriter, producer
Alexa Pol

Alexa Pol

Singer, choir conductor, songwriter, producer

Alexa Pol – singer, choir conductor, songwriter, producer, laureate of international festivals-contests, has established herself as a solo artist in the UK, Lithuania, Russia and Israel, performing on prestigious concert stages, such as: O2 Academies in London and etc. In 2010 she received Alexa became the Best Female Act in Classical Rock Radio.

Daniel Keating-Roberts

Daniel Keating-Roberts

Counter Tenor
Daniel Keating-Roberts

Daniel Keating-Roberts

Counter Tenor

Daniel Keating-Roberts has been hailed as a rising counter tenor star of both the operatic and concert stage and his performances have been met with unanimous critical acclaim in local, national and international press.
Daniel has studied music and opera at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, winning awards from the Countess of Muster and The Foyle Foundation, and the Guildhall Aria Prize.

Dr. Simone Spagnolo

Dr. Simone Spagnolo

Composer, lecturer
Dr. Simone Spagnolo

Dr. Simone Spagnolo

Composer, lecturer

Dr. Simone Spagnolo – composer, lecturer in Music Theatre at the University of Cumbria. His music has been performed in prestigious venues across the world and broadcast in the UK, Italy, USA, China, Norway and Czech Republic.

Lenny Lawrence

Lenny Lawrence

Composer, guitarist, producer
Lenny Lawrence

Lenny Lawrence

Composer, guitarist, producer

Composer, guitarist, producer. He is the author of numerous feature documentary soundtracks and of the Official Anthem of the Italian Paralympic Swimming Federation (FINP). As a performer, he appeared on prestigious international stages such as the Ronnie Scott's, the Bush Hall, the Nanning International Folk Song Arts Festival (China), the main stage in Trafalgar Square, Hippodrome in Leicester Square and etc.

Alla Komarova

Alla Komarova

Director of the “J. Haydn” music school (Moscow)
Alla Komarova

Alla Komarova

Director of the “J. Haydn” music school (Moscow)

Alla Komarova was awarded a title of the “Honored Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation” in 2005. She is the director of the “J. Haydn” music school in Moscow. Under her directorship the school has developed into one of the largest, multi profile and successful educational establishments of the Department of Culture in Moscow.
Students have intensive concert schedule on prestigious concert platforms of Moscow.

Polina Prutskova

Polina Prutskova

Performer, researcher, musical director, lecturer
Polina Prutskova

Polina Prutskova

Performer, researcher, musical director, lecturer

Her musical training was in Russian traditional singing as well as in popular music and jazz. She undertook field research trips to various regions of Russia, where she learnt traditional songs from old women and documented their way of life.
She worked with Sephardic and Bulgarian singers and learnt Armenian, Georgian and Persian songs.

Irina Mironova

Irina Mironova

Choreographer
Irina Mironova

Irina Mironova

Choreographer

Irina Mironova – choreographer, founder and director of the Kalinka Dance School in London.

Shalva Kavtaradze

Shalva Kavtaradze

Choreographer and Director of Georgian Dance School Pesvebi
Shalva Kavtaradze

Shalva Kavtaradze

Choreographer and Director of Georgian Dance School Pesvebi

Shalva Kavtaradze – choreographer, dancer with over 20 years dancing experience. For 8 years he was dancing in the Georgian State Dance group. He has performed in France, Switzerland, England, Italy, Germany, Poland. In August 2000 he has established children dance group “Pesveni” in London. The group performed in many charity events in London.

Information

International Performing Arts Competition

Dates: 23- 26 February 2017
Applications deadline: 23 January 2017
Disciplines:
• Singing (classical, contemporary, folk)
• Instrumental playing (solo and ensemble)
• Dance (ballet, modern, historical dance, street-dance)
Age category: Children from 6 y.o. & adults, no age limit.
Programme:
24-25 January 2017 - 1st Round by audio/video recordings.
21-22 February 2017 - arrival of international participants.
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 – Meeting with participants, running order draw.
Thursday, 23 February 2017 – 1st day of the 2nd Round of the competition, master classes, opening night and concert of laureates of “Stars of the Albion” 2013 – 2016.
Friday, 24 February 2017 – 2nd day of the 2nd Round of the competition, master classes, cultural programme.
Saturday, 25 February 2017 – 3rd day of the 2nd Round of the competition, free time, cultural programme.
Sunday, 26 February 2017 – 4th day of the 2nd Round of the competition, excursions, awards ceremony and the Gala concert with participation of winners of the “Stars of the Albion. Maslenitsa” and celebrity guest artists. Venue: Rudolf Steiner House and Theatre, 35 Park Road, London NW1 6XT
27 February 2017 - departure.
Diplomas & awards list:
• Grand Prix and “Artist of the Year” Award – £500.
• I place – Golden trophy and cash prize of £50
• II place – Silver trophy
• III place – Bronze trophy
• “Maslenitsa” award for the best performance of music composed by a Russian composer – £100.
• “Maslenitsa performance prize” awarded by Ensemble Productions to take part in the final gala concert of the international festival of Russian culture in London “Maslenitsa”
• Special prizes for the best vocal/instrumental/dance performance and stage presence
• “Young Future Talent of Stars of the Albion” award
• Diploma of appreciation to the teachers, for the best preparation of a participant.

Registration Form (Download)

International Youth Arts Festival & Summer Music Course

26 June 2016 - 3 July 2016
18 - 25 July 2016
22 - 28 August 2016
Applications deadline: 10 June 2016
Disciplines:
• Music:
- Singing (classical, folk, pop/jazz). Ensembles (up to 12 members), choirs, soloists.
- Instrumental (classical, contemporary, jazz).
- Piano, strings, woodwinds, guitar, brass.
- Ensembles (up to 12 members), soloists.
• Dance (ballet, modern, hip-hop, ballroom). Groups and soloists.
• Drama. Groups and soloists.
Age category:
• 6 – 8 years
• 9 – 14 years
• 15 – 30 years
Additional categories: professional, amateur artist.

Registration Form (Download)

THE I ROUND is based on video recordings of two contrasting pieces recently performed and filmed by the contestant (we accept video links to YouTube or Vimeo and DVD formats). Application forms, proof of payment of a registration fee together with one photograph and recordings should be sent to the org. committee by e-mail or post. It is important that the recordings should be of a good quality and unedited. Photographs equally should be of a fine quality in JPEG format suitable for printing.

Maximum duration per application:
DANCE: 5’50” for ensembles and 4’00’’ for soloists (both pieces in total).
SINGING: 6’ in total.
INSTRUMENTAL: 8’ in total.
DRAMA: 10’ in total.
Only 30 participants will be selected to perform in the II round.

THE II (FINAL) ROUND will be opened to the general public and will be held at the Mission of Rossotrudnichestvo in Central London with participation of distinguished guest artists.
The programme of the II round should consist of two contrasting pieces. It is not allowed for participants to repeat compositions from the previous round. It is expected that the contestants will perform pieces from memory. An original edition (not copies of scores) must be presented to the jury prior to the performance by the contestant if performing one of more pieces written by contemporary classical composer.

Maximum duration per application:
DANCE: 4’00” for ensembles and 1’50’’ for soloists (both pieces in total).
SINGING: 4’50” in total.
INSTRUMENTAL: 4’50’’ in total.
DRAMA: 5’50” in total.

“Stars of the Albion”
A free choice of repertoire and languages.
For participants applying for the "Maslenitsa" award and performance prize each song in both rounds should be performed in Russian or to be written by a Russian composer.
Russian Romance nomination. A repertoire in both rounds should include one classical and one “Old Russian Style” [Starinnyi Russkii romance] or Gypsy Romance.
All compositions should be performed from memory and on the original language.
“Stars of the Albion. New Talents World”
A free choice of repertoire and languages.

The contestants at all rounds will be judged by well-known artists, musicians and representatives of media.
Winners of the “Stars of the Albion. New Talents World” will be invited to perform at the Rudolf Steiner Theatre with London Youth Orchestra.

DANCE maximum 40 points (1 – 10)
• Performance – technique, style, relevance of the repertoire performed to the age criteria of participant.
• Artistic expression, interpretation.
• Choreography
• Stage presentation, costume, attitude.

SINGING maximum 40 points (1 – 10)
• Technique – pitch and intonation, tone colour and tone quality, sound projection and microphone technique (contemporary style).
• Artistic interpretation, expression and musicianship.
• Choice of repertoire, difficulty level.
• Stage presentation, costume, attitude.

INSTRUMENTAL 40 points (1 – 10)
• Performance technique, intonation (n/a for piano), quality of tone and virtuosity.
• Artistic interpretation, expression and character, musicianship.
• Choice of repertoire and difficulty level.
• Stage presentation, attitude.

DRAMA 40 points (1 – 10)
Small forms, mono theatrical plays.
• Performance mastership – development of the theme, quality of artistic interpretation.
• Culture of performance – technique, articulation, movement, stage presentation.
• Scenery, stage decorations, costumes.

Terms of participation:
1. All works must be performed from the memory except the ensemble category.
2. The competitors (except pianists) may bring their own accompanists, and, if so, must mention it in the application form. Alternatively, the Org. Committee can provide accompanists.
3. Participants are allowed to participate in several nominations.
4. Selected participants will receive awards in accordance with all listed nominations and age categories.
5. The adjudicators reserve the right not to award 1-3 prizes to competitors if they consider that the level of participants is not suitable for awarding the prize.
6. The selected participants, winners of the contest will be invited to perform at the final Gala-Concert.
7. The Adjudicators’ decision is final.
Technical requirements:
1. Participants must provide quality instrumental accompaniment on CD/MD bearers or live accompaniment.
2. Every recording should be presented on a separate bearer with the indication of the piece title, name of the lyricist, composer as well as the name of the contestant or a group of contestants and duration of the piece.
3. It is not acceptable for singers to perform with the pre-recorded singing backing track.
4. The representatives of each country provide also a national flag (105 – 70 cm).
Based on the marks scored, each participant will be awarded diplomas & prizes.

Registration fee*:
• £25.00 per participant in a solo category
• £30.00 per ensemble (2 – 4 performers)
• £8.00 per person for an ensemble of 5 and more performers
*Registration fee is non-refundable.
Music Master Classes (£25.00 per person in category solo and £15.00 for members of ensembles or groups).
International participants:
£520.00 per participant (including registration fee, accommodation, 1 excursion and day travel card, master classes, free access to all events as a part of the competition). Travel expenses to / from UK and travel insurance are the sole responsibility of the participant.

26 - 28 February 2016
"Stars of the Albion" as a bridge between the cultures of Russia and Britain
The 3rd international contest of performing arts “Stars of the Albion” took place in London on 26 – 28 February 2016. The festival was organised by the Russian-British Academy "Musica Nova" with the support of the Embassy of the Russian Federation, Mission of Rossotrudnichestvo in the UK and Russian Community Council in the UK.
The “Stars of the Albion” contest is the annual event which joins young extraordinary talented musicians, dancers and actors. The project forms a unique bridge connecting different cultures and in particular of Russia and Great Britain. It aims to provide valuable opportunities for young emerging artists to perform, learn, communicate and develop.
Only 45 contestants (soloists and ensembles) have been selected by the organizing committee to participate in the second round. Audience According to the Head of Rossotrudnichestvo in the UK Mr. Anton Chesnokov: "The jury had a difficult task selecting the best of the best, and we really witnessed how our eyes lighted new stars, the Stars of Albion." Being a perfect opportunity for participants to explore each other culture and traditions, the Festival program was meticulously organised and provided young artists with a busy schedule comprised of performances, master classes with distinguished contemporary artists as well as a cultural program.
Talented artists representing the UK, Russia, Armenia, Latvia, Lithuania, Israel and Georgia came to London to participate in the event. For three days the audience had the opportunity to enjoy their vocal, dance and instrumental performances held at various prestigious concert halls in Central London.
This year in the jury worked outstanding artists, musicians, singers, instrumentalists and composers: HSH Princess Natalia G. Eromina-Yousoupoff (UK), Count Pierre Cheremetieff (France), Arman Gukasyan (Armenia), Simone Spagnolo (Italy), Lenny Lawrence (Italy), Melanie Spanswick (UK), Alla Komarova (Russia), Alexa Pol (UK), Polina Prutskova (UK), Daniel Keating Roberts (UK) and Shalva Kavtaradze (Georgia). The Patron of the festival is the people's artist of Russia singer Valeri Aliev.
The Gala concert of the festival was a grand, dynamic show, to reveal a stunningly high level of mastery of the participants and, therefore, a serious level of music education in the UK, Russia and European countries, who presented their talents in this competition. The winners, guests and participants of the gala concert welcomed HSH Princess Natalia G. Eromina-Yousoupoff, Count Pierre Cheremetieff, Arman Gukasyan (Armenia), the press secretary of the Russian Embassy Konstantin Shlykov and the Mayor of Camden, Councillor Larraine Revah, who addressed the audience.
Thanks to sponsorship of "Britain Business Consulting", the prize fund of the festival increased to £1250, and the winners of the competition received diplomas, memorable gifts and prizes, including the Grand Prix for £500 received by Seraphim Murzyukov (Russia). Several special prizes, participants received from the World Association for the Performing Arts, as a special prize "Stars of Albion" is the opportunity to perform in the gala show of the international festival "Maslenitsa" at the stage of Milton Court Hall (Barbican center) at 13 March 2016.
For any artist this competition is very important. This is not only a chance to win diplomas and prizes, but also is the possibility of communication, development, expansion of musical and intellectual horizons. It is a platform for the growth and development of the artistic beginning, the opportunity to compete with other talents to perform at the big stage in front of strict professional jury recommendations from well-known musicians, master classes and invaluable experience, staying in a creative mind. The next international competition will be held in 23 – 26 February 2017, applications will be accepted until 1 February 2017.Detailed information on the competition website www.starsofthealbion.org.uk



Dear organisers,
I am writing to express our gratitude for organisation of All Britain Youth Festival-Contest of Performing Arts "Stars of the Albion".
Participation in your project was a wonderful experience for us. We are looking forward to our future co-operation and will be delighted to take part in any cultural events you may organise.

Yours sincerely
Viktoria
Matryoshki UK Team

The Stars Of The Albion Festival is a great opportunity for musicians, singers and dancers to show their talents in a real, vivid competition for the first place against other worthy competitors. It is also organised in the capital of England which gives the participants an opportunity to perform on a big stage for the talented youth of the world. A huge thank you to all the people that organised this great festival. It gave my son an opportunity to earn his first cash prize in a competition. The sum has pleasantly surprised us.

Marina (parent)

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