Orthodox Chanting Choir to Perform in Chiswick
Arto Doxo at the Russian Cathedral in Havard Road
The male vocal ensemble ‘Arto Doxo’ will be performing at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral on Havard Road Chiswick on 13 December at 3pm.
Picture: Ian Wylie
This ensemble consists of a group of London based musicians, who use the language of art in order to worship the Holy Trinity. One of the central traditions of Orthodoxy is unaccompanied singing, which remains an inextinguishable part of any service – and this tradition has a 2000 year history. Just as icons are a way of describing and explaining the Gospel, so it is with the music, communicating it through colours or notes.
The main surviving Orthodox chanting traditions had their beginnings in Byzantium and Old Russia. The drive to find the essence of these ancient traditions in their many forms is something that unites the singers of ‘Arto Doxo’. The repertoire of the choir comprises Orthodox music from many different historical eras, styles and origins. The mission of the choir is to unite the different eras, in the 21st century, in the essence of art itself and at the same hearken back to the traditions of the apostolic age (hence the Greek name Δόξα).
The programme will include Diletsky, Chesnokov, Grechaninov, Kedrov, Lvovsky, Trubachev, Greek chants.
December 5, 2015