A Beautiful Voice and a Harp
By Natalia Kolosova
On 26th November 2017, a charity concert in support of Dasha Pyatkova (post-surgical recovery and rehabilitation) will take place at St. Stephen’s Church in London (Gloucester Road, London SW7 4RL). 11-year-old Dasha requires serious medical treatment. The girl suffers from a congenital malformation of the genitourinary system.
A coloratura soprano and harp will be heard together. The concert will be presented by the soprano Maria Veretenina and the harpist Nina Mishchenko. Music of European and Russian composers will be heard: the masterpieces by Bach, Handel, Saint-Saens, Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov, etc.
Maria has sung sacred music on several occasions at the Cathedral of the Assumption and the Holy Martyrs in London, notably for Patriarch Kirill during his visit in October 2016 to mark the tercentenary of the founding of the Russian Orthodox Church in Great Britain. She also performed before Prince Charles, when he visited the Cathedral of the Sourozh Eparchy of the Moscow Patriarch in London in December 2016. She has sung in the world’s best concert halls in Italy, France, Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, and Russia, including the Grand Hall of the St.Petersburg Philharmonic and the Royal College of Music in London, where she was awarded the Grand Prix of the London Festival of Russian and English Song in 2014. This time Maria Veretenina will perform with Nina Mishchenko, who graduated from the class of harp at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in 2013. In 2015 she completed a postgraduate course "Teacher of High School" at The Moscow State P.I.Tchaikovsky Conservatory" where she also did a postgraduate traineeship for two years.