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