See the Hermitage Ensemble Russian Orthodox choir at Walpole St Peter Church

Walpole St Peter's Church, Walpole Saint Andrew. Picture: Ian Burt

Walpole St Peter's Church, Walpole Saint Andrew. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

One of the finest churches in the Fens is set to host a performance of Russian Orthodox music.

The Hermitage Ensemble Male Voice Choir is a group of five male soloists who sing totally unaccompanied.

As individuals, they are at home in the opera houses and concert halls of St Petersburg, but they see it as their goal to maintain the Russian traditions of church and folk music and to bring that sound to the West.

The church in Russia was almost entirely suppressed during the Communist period and the Orthodox music was not sung, except privately.

Reviving the tradition when the regime relaxed its control over culture has taken much love and hard work but the church is now flourishing again.

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The ensemble will be at Walpole St Peter Church on Friday, March 24 (7.30pm).

Tickets priced £15 can be booked from Michael Anstey on 01553 849998 or online at

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