Cherepovets Philharmonic Society
Though the city of Cherepovets was not regarded as a centre of musical life for a long time, there were always a lot of musical societies there. The Cherepovets Philharmonic Society was founded in 1994. Now it includes such musical groups as the Cherepovets Symphony Orchestra, a chamber chorus Resurrection, a children's chorus, a quartet of Russian folk instruments "Gobelin" and brilliant vocalists.
The Cherepovets Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1987. With Music Director and Principal Conductor Valentina Golubeva at the helm, it is the largest musical group in the Vologda Oblast. At first it was the Chamber Orchestra of the Cherepovets Musical College (now the Cherepovets Art College). The rich repertoire of the Orchestra includes orchestra miniatures, suites, symphonic works by Chaikovsky, Beethoven, Shubert, Mozart, Brahms, instrumental concertos by Mozart, Ravel, Grig, Rakhmaninov and Skryabin.
The Cherepovets Chamber Chorus "Resurrection" conducted by Sergey Zuyev was founded in 1992.
The repertoire of the Chorus includes classical musical works by both Russian and foreign composers, church music and works by modern composers.
In 1998 the Cherepovets Chamber Chorus was awarded a diploma at the international festival in the Czech Republic.
The Children's Choir has been giving concerts for about 50 years. Formed in 1959, it was first known as the Boys' Chorus that won public recognition both in Russia and abroad. The repertoire of the Boy's Chorus included both classical and modern musical works.
In the 1970s the Chorus gave performances on its tours throughout the Soviet Union. Since 1987 it has been taking part in different international musical festivals.
In 2006 the Boy's Chorus was turned into the Children's Choir taking on both girls and boys.
The Russian Folk Instruments Quartet "Gobelin" endeavors to pattern its sound and repertoire after the great orchestras of Russia while at the same time continuing to explore new kinds of music and new musical possibilities for the fascinating family of instruments. Its principal instruments are the balalaika and domra.
Along with traditional Russian music the quartet brilliantly performs classical and jazz pieces and compositions by contemporary composers.
In 2008 the remarkable folk artistry of the quartet was marked at the 5th Russian Festival of Folk Orchestras.
Postal address: 35-a Sovetsky Avenue, 162600 Cherepovets, Russia