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Although the tour of Bulgaria was clearly our biggest event in 2005, we started with a recording, and ended with Dessi fronting a Radio 3 documentary on Bulgarian choral music.
9:30 BBC Radio 3, Christmas Day, 2005
Dessi presented this 45 minute exploration of Bulgarian music and culture, with interviews and recordings from the tour in August 2005. Produced by Megan Jones.
Christmas concert - and the choir's fifth birthday
St James' Church, West Hampstead, 16 December 2005
Seasonal songs, traditional blessings and a birthday cake. A full house for our first concert in St. James'.
Guest performances from:
Waterloo, Bond Street, Oxford Street, 4 December 2005
An afternoon singing round the streets of London. Did you see us?
Friends of Bulgaria Christmas Party
Bulgarian Embassy, 24 November 2005
The choir gave a short performance of traditional and seasonal Bulgarian songs at this charity christmas party. The choir is pleased to support this event, in aid of orphanages, schools and children's hospital wards in Bulgaria. Party organised by Friends of Bulgaria, and supported by the Bulgarian Embassy, the Bulgarian City Club and Zov UK.
Balkan Beat Box
Scala, London, 3 November 2005
Dessi and Bozena sang with Balkan Beat Box as they started their European tour.
BBC World Service
In Praise of God, 23 October 2005
The choir sang Moma Hubava and Tsarsko Momche for this program about Bulgarian rituals and stories.
London, 22 October 2005
Plenty of crowds (and the occasional security guard) were drawn to the choir as they wandered from London Bridge to Covent Garden, singing wherever they found a good echo.
Autumn edition, October 2005
Veronica Simpson wrote about the joys of being on tour in "Postcard from Bulgaria". Magazine website here: http://www.songlines.co.uk/
Bulgarian Tour 10-20 August 2005
Sofia, Trigrad, Stara Zagora, Plovdiv, Veliko Tûrnovo, Rousse, Bansko
The choir toured Bulgaria in August. Thirty singers were joined by four musicians, a journalist from BBC Radio 3 and fifteen assorted partners, relatives and friends. We had an extraordinary time; performing, seeing the sights, and meeting other choirs.
13th August, Trigrad. Afternoon performance in the town square, evening performance at the Orphic Festival.
15th August, Stara Zagora. Evening concert in the Old Theatre.
16th August, Plovdiv, at the ìKingís Stablesî
18th August, Rousse. Evening concert.
MusiciansDylan Fowler - guitar, oboe, clarinet
Oli Wilson-Dickson - violin
Rachel Wilson-Dickson - violin
Gill Stevens - viols, crwth
Our thanks to members of the following choirs for their hospitality and musicianship.The Philip Koutev Choir, Sofia
The Bistrica Grannies and their Granddaughters, Bistrica, Sofia
The Manol Radichev Folk Ensemble of Gela
Zagorche Children's Choir, Stara Zagora
The Tracea Ensemble, Plovdiv
The children of the musical academy, Plovdiv
The Trio Pirinka, Bansko
Concert with Village Harmony
St. Pancras Old Church - 7 August 2005
The London Bulgarian Choir joined forces with Village Harmony for a varied program including village songs from Bulgaria, songs and dances from South Africa, American shape-note songs and 14th century motets.
Spring Concert with Stanislav Hvartchilkov
The Bolivar Hall at the Venezuelan Embassy - 16 June 2005
A packed house at this wonderful venue. The choir were in fine voice with old and new songs, and we were all stunned by Stanislav's fluency across a repertoire from Bach to Bogdanovich.
Alphabet Day Celebration
The Bulgarian Embassy - 28 May 2005
Annual celebration of the Cyrillic Alphabet.
London Diaspora Live - 31 March 2005
An hour of songs and inverviews with members of the choir.
Big Sing Amnesty Concert
St. Luke's, Cambridge, 18 March 2005
Kicking off the Cambridge Big Sing Weekend with the Good Vibrations Community Choir. Profits from the event were donated to Amnesty International.
Vital Arts Hospital Project
Recorded "Proshtavai Mamo" and "Moma Hubava"for Vital Arts.
Destinations Travel Show
Earl's Court Exhibition Centre, 5 February 2005
The choir performed a 30 minute set of traditional Bulgarian folk songs.