International Festival of Orthodox Sacred Music - CREDO

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Country and Region EstoniaHarjumaa
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Tallinn, Harjumaa, Estonia
Festival Contact Information

International Festival of Sacred Music - CREDO
MTÜ Viivo Muusika
P. O. Box 3455
10506 Tallinn
Phone: (372) 64-55-217, or (372) 64-64-478
Fax: (372) 64-55-197

Festival Description

The International CREDO Festival of Orthodox Sacred Music has taken place in Estonia since 1994. The festival is scheduled around the Orthodox feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God (21 September according to the “old style” calendar). The festival’s goal is the preservation, development, and popularization of Orthodox musical culture.

In an effort to nurture an interest towards Christian culture among the youth, the festival has also invited serious-minded children’s and youth choirs, giving these young musicians the opportunity to perform alongside real masters.

Over twelve years, the festival has witnessed some of the finest examples of Orthodox music, from early Christian liturgical chants to compositions by modern-day composers. The participants of the festival have included outstanding choral groups from Estonia, Russia, Georgia, Latvia, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Ukraine, Romania and Lebanon: among them, the Chamber Choir of the Moscow Patriarchate “Drevnerussky raspev” (Anatoly Grindenko, Artistic Director); the Festal Choir of the Danilov Monastery (Georgi Safonov, Director); the Mixed Choir of the Estonian Radio (Toomas Kapten, Conductor); the Estonian Early Music Ensemble “Hortus musicus” (Andres Mustonen, Artistic Director); the “Blagovest” Sacred Music Ensemble of Moscow (Galina Koltsova, Artistic Director); the Male Choir of St. Petersburg (Vadim Afanasyev, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor); the “Blagovist” Soloists’ Ensemble of the Lavra Gallery, Ukraine (Tatyana Kumanovskaya, Artistic Director, Mikhail Gulkovsky, Conductor); the “Rustavi” State Male Ensemble, Georgia (Anzor Ergomayshvili, Artistic Director); the “Anastasis” Choir of Romania (Dan-Milan Mengeshi, Conductor); the Chamber Choir of Hedwig-Eleonora, Sweden (Par Friedberg, Conductor); the St. Petersburg Chamber Choir (Nikolai Korniev, Conductor); the Choir of St. Nicholas Cathedral, Kuopio, Finland (Anita Lintu, Director); Performer of traditional Middle Eastern songs Ghada Shbeir, (Lebanon) and many others.

Festival Dates September 21 - October 1, 2012
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  • In order of appearance
    • Kaarli Church in Tallinn. The male ensemble “CREDO” — Estonia (Credo 2011)
    • St. John’s church in Tallinn. The Choir from St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedralin Paris, Precentor archdeacon Aleksandr Kedroff (Credo 2011)
    • Estonia Concert Hall in Tallinn. Artistic director and conductor Alexsey Melkov — The Academic CHAMBER CHOIR from Kostroma. Russia (Credo 2011)
    • Kaarli Church in Tallinn. The parish choir of the Estonian Apostolic Orthodox Church of St. Peter and Paul in Vandra, Conductor Maria Mahlapuu (Credo 2011)


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