DIOCESE OF GREAT BRITAIN: 31 January 2024
The 5th Annual All-European Church Music Conference concludes in London
The fifth annual Church Musicians’ Conference, organized by the All-European Church Music Committee of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, successfully concluded its work with the singing of the divine services at the London Cathedral of the Nativity of the Mother of God and the Holy Royal Martyrs.
The conference, which this year was on the theme “Beauty in Divine Services: The Practice of Choral Singing,” celebrating the anniversaries of AA Arkhangelsky and AV Nikolsky, was held from 25-28 January, 2024, during which time a large number of participants from across Europe were educated by lectures on notable historical and practical topics, as well as through “hands-on” workshops on liturgical singing, conducting, the Obikhod and services cycles of the Church, and many other aspects of her musical life.
As has been the custom at each of the annual conferences, the work of the participants culminated in the singing of all-night vigil and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at the weekend in the Diocesan Cathedral. More than 50 voices were amassed into the choirs for the services, which provided many participants also with the opportunity to conduct and put into immediate practice the skills honed during the conference.