IX Moscow Christmas Festival of Sacred Music

13 January 2019 19:00
Svetlanov hall

Christmas Festival Opening Concert
Moscow Synodal Choir
Alexei Puzakov, artistic director
“Moscow Virtuosi” State Chamber Orchestra
Vladimir Spivakov, artistic director
Evgenia Kuznetsova, mezzo-soprano
With participation of the Metropolitan Hilarion

The Moscow Synodal Choir under the direction of Alexei Puzakov and the Moscow Virtuosos Chamber Orchestra open the annual festival of sacred music timed to the celebration of Christmas. Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk will also take part in the concert.

17 January 2019 19:00
Svetlanov hall

The Moscow Sretensky Monastery Choir
Star of Bethlehem
Nikon Zhila presentor
Elena Zakharova, spoken word


The new program of the choir has been specially prepared for the Christmas festival. It includes sacred chants of Russian composers alongside with the verses recited by the theatre and film actress Elena Zakharova, as well as various Russian and Ukrainian traditional carols.

19 January 2019 19:00
Svetlanov hall

Valaam Monastery Choir
The Light of Christ Enlightens Everyone
Celebratory Choir of the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Valaam Monastery
Alexei Zhukov, music director

Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Greek, French and English Christmas songs, ancient Znamenny chants and author's compositions dedicated to Christmas are intertwined in this concert in a single shining wreath.


23 January 2019 19:00
Svetlanov hall

The King’s Singers (UK)
Grammy Award winners
Jubilee tour commemorating the ensemble’s 50th anniversary

Acclaimed for their life-affirming virtuosity and irresistible charm, The King’s Singers are in global demand. Their work – synonymous with the best in vocal ensemble performance – appeals to a vast international audience.


26 January 2019 19:00
Svetlanov hall

Nidarosdomens Guttekor

Nidaros Cathedral Boys' Choir is Norway's first boys choir. It continues the over 900 year old heritage of boys' choir singing at the cathedral. Christmas music from around the world will allow the young artists to demonstrate their skills both as soloists and in a cappella choral singing. Handel's “Hallelujah” accompanied by the grand organ will crown the concert as a spectacular final chord.


27 January 2019 19:00
Svetlanov hall

Christmas Festival Closing Concert
Big Academic Choir«Masters of Choral Singing»
Lev Kontorovich, artistic director
National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia
Vladimir Spivakov, artistic director and principal conductor
Vladimir Spivakov, conductor

By tradition, the artistic director of the festival Vladimir Spivakov will take part in its closing concert together with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia and the “Masters of Choral Singing”. The Requiem of Karl Jenkins - an amazing example of the interweaving of traditions of the East and West – will be performed for the first time in Moscow.