UK-Russia culture fest opens with a compromised feelingmain
The Russia-Britain Cultural Exchange Year kicks off on Tuesday with nothing out of the ordinary.
A programme of Prokofiev Cinderella excerpts, 3rd piano concerto and Rachmaninov’s second symphony could be heard any time, anywhere.
The timing of the exchange, coinciding with Putin’s Winter Olympics and his anti-gay rampage, is suspect. The content is mundane. The UK end is in the hands of Ensemble Productions, run by Julian Gallant and Olga Balakleets. Doesn’t feel much like a celebration.