On Saturday the 30th of November, Chto? Gde? Kogda? aficionados from London and Oxford have joined the Cambridge usuals for a fun round of the game, where the crux of the matter was a set of questions compiled and authored by the locals, along with a few rounds of related — some of them button-based — games, where the buttons had travelled all the way from the capital, having been provided by our friends who sadly couldn’t make it.
The unexpected arrival of the Oxonians left virtually no mystery as to the answer to a question about founding the Oxford University Russian Society, especially seeing as said society’s president was playing with us that night — on the same team with her Cambridge colleague!
Cambridge University Russian Society is happy to continue a tradition of inviting outstanding performers to Cambridge. On Sunday 10th of November we hosted an excellent piano concert by rising star Alexander Karpeyev in the Old Combination Room of Trinity College. More than 50 people came to Alexander’s recital and we received an overwhelming number of positive opinions and responses; all the listeners have been impressed by Alexanders’s masterly performance of a serious programme including Bach, Mozart, Medtner, Brahms and Stravinsky. We would like to thank all the people who spent the evening with us and those who made donations to the Society; we hope to see Alexander again in Cambridge in the future. You can find few pictures from the event here.
Bach/Busoni – Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Major, “St. Anne”
Mozart – Piano Sonata in C Major, K. 333
Medtner – Selections from Tales
Brahms – 6 Klavierstücke, opus 118
Stravinsky – The Firebird Suite (arrangement by Agosti)
About Alexander Karpeyev
Alexander is a Russian/British performer; he graduated with the distinction from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory in 2005 and won a scholarship for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where he was a student of Prof Joan Havill.
He won the First Prize at the 2006 Oxford Music Festival’s «Professional Piano Recital» Competition, the 2007 Dudley International Piano Competition and the Norah Sande Award 2008 and was awarded The Worshipful Company of Musician’s Silver Medal in 2008. Alexander has also been a laureate of other international competitions including the 1998 Ibla Grand Prize, Ragusa, Italy; the 2001 International Competition for Young Musicians, Enschede, Netherlands and many others.
Alexander has given recitals in Barbican, Cadogan, Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Halls in London; Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Belgium, Greece, Japan, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine and USA. He has featured on the Performance Channel of Sky Television and BBC Radio 3.
On Saturday 9th of November we elected new CURS Executive Committee for 2013-2014! Congratulations to the newly elected President Jekaterina Mironova and all the new Committee members: Sasha East, Liza Dyakova, Larisa Ryndina, Ekaterina Morgunova, Stanislav Zavjalov, Michel Ghassibe, Anastasia Klimovich-Smith, Michael Kryukov, Vladimir Vankov, Nikolay Murashkin, Evgeniy Zatulovskiy, Oleg Kovalevskiy, Aleksej Popel and Anastasiya Zolotareva. Also we would like to thank all CURS members who came to the Annual General Meeting and Committee Elections. Several pictures from the Elections are available here and this is the message from the President:
On behalf of the new CURS Executive Committee, I would like to thank all members of the previous Committee for the great work they have done. The year of your cadence will definitely be remembered as one of social activity, interesting events, and as a successful step in spreading Russian culture abroad.
The new committee will try its best to continue the initiatives started last year and to make the range of activities offered by CURS even wider and more versatile. My belief and hope is that we will manage to make a substantial contribution to promotion of interest in Russia and Russian culture in Cambridge and beyond, and to help CURS prosper even further.
It promises to be a challenging and demanding task, but jointly we can make even more than is expected from us. I wish everyone a productive and efficient year!
The newly-elected CURS President,
Thanks to everybody who came yesterday to the first Conversational Evening in this Term! Finally we had more than twenty happy people in the Revolution Bar and it was so great to see old friends and meet new ones. Please come next week – we have new venue every time, so please check our Newsletter and/or further posts in the Facebook group. See you next Wednesday!
Welcome (back) to Cambridge, everyone! Traditionally Michaelmas Term starts with MASSIVE Fresher’s Fair event, which attracts up to 10.000 of people including students and their parents. Russian Society also had a stall at the Fair (thanks to Sasha, Liza, Dasha, Michael, Katya, Kolya and Denis) and more than one hundred forty new people subscribed for our mailing list during these two days! We would like extend a HUGE welcome to our new friends! Thank you for signing up to join our mailing list, and we hope to see you soon at our events. Thank you to everyone, old and new, who popped by to say hello at our stall at the Freshers’ Fair – it was great to see you! Few pictures from our stall are here.
It was mid-July 2004, in my home town in the north of Serbia. I spent a half-lazy afternoon cleaning the dust from bookshelves in my room, actually I was getting more amazed by the book titles that were hidden. I like to get distracted by reading the content whose existence I have almost forgotten.
Suddenly, one of my best male friends entered unannounced, asking about my birthday plans. Some people just toss enthusiasm when they step into the room. ”Will you call Ivana up?” ”Of course I will, but I doubt she will join us at my party. She is never around in the summertime. She goes to Novi Sad instead.” ”These days she is here. Don’t be such a pessimist,” he reassured me. ”I am not, you know my way of thinking. I just somehow feel that she will not be able to join us this time, as well.” Later that afternoon a phone rang. My friend’s voice reverberated with tension. ”Ivana had an accident. I still cannot believe it happened. Just like that. She was coming back from the lake in the zone for pedestrians and the car skidded off the road and hit her.” I forgot what I replied, the heaviness of having my friend tied to the hospital bed left me speechless. I only remember hearing our mutual friend’s explanation what we should do now. ”Intuition is a scary thing,” I thought. But hardly could anyone imagine that something like that would happen.
This time it was a presentation of Quastel Midgen LLP, a relatively small but quickly developing legal firm. What is really exciting is that one of its founding partners, Jonathan Gross, is an alumnus of our University.
During the presentation we had a substantial introduction to the firm’s specialisation which is mainly legal branches related to immigration and real estate. The part on immigration actualities was extremely useful for the majority of the audience.
Also some of the attendees discussed an opportunity to undergo practical training during this summer.
The event was attended not only by CURS members but also by students from other societies: CU Korean, CU Australia and New Zealand Society, CU Ukrainian, CU Eurasia Society and many others.
On 6 April 2013 Cambridge University Russian Society organised a very challenging event: we participated in a global Russian literacy check, “Total Dictation”. This initiative started ten years ago in Novosibirsk. And this year it has already covered 181 cities!
The text of the Dictation was written by Dina Rubina, a prominent Russian prose writer. To be honest, the text itself was difficult enough for many of those who dared to test one’s spelling and punctuation skills. But at the same time, many participants agreed that it was a good way to try to remember everything you learned at school and understand what else should be improved.
We would like to thank the organisers or the Dictation for the great opportunity to be a part of this initiative. Also we express our gratitude to all who came to check their level of literacy last Saturday. You can find few pictures of people writing dictation here.
CamRusS and CURS spent snowy Sunday evening in a very warm and pleasant company of Mikhail Segal, an acclaimed contemporary Russian film director, clip-maker and writer. Mikhail spoke about his life a bit, then read one of his novels (believe me, genuine author’s reading is a totally different experience comparing to reading a book). Later we had a questions and answers session, where CamRuss took an initiative and, finally, Mikhail played a guitar and performed his songs (in addition to all his talents, he also had a rock-band). After the meeting, people went to La Strada to have a dinner with Mikhail and somewhat torture him with more questions. The evening left a very warm feeling and we hope to welcome Mikhail in Cambridge again in the future.
The CURS Vodka Party 2013 can only be described as a resounding success! After an extensive process of preparation, the night was finally upon us, with an unprecedented number of people attending!
We are proud to have treated you to a great variety of top-quality vodkas, ranging from ones that could be found in the UK to the most unique Siberian vodkas and Udmurtian liquers. With a total of six societies- Russian, Estonian, Finnish, Hungarian, Romanian and Ukrainian- participating, there was also a variety of luxury and local foods such as Russian caviar, salmon, sardines, pelmeni and even desserts to enjoy! We made sure the night was a complete and authentic experience, entertaining our guests with music from the home countries of the participating groups and a raffle.
We would like to thank all those who helped with advertising and spreading the enthusiasm we ourselves feel for this event! The Vodka Party is a central event in the CURS calendar, where we come together with others who share our vision to increase our visibility within the University community, and provide a great night for students and friends in Cambridge! Overall, there were over 500 extremely happy attendees, so BRING ON VODKA PARTY 2014!
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