Rustavi Choir and the Music of Georgia - Saturday 30 September

Rustavi Choir

An evening with one of the world’s greatest choirs

The Ambassador of Georgia HE Tamar Beruchashvili and singer Katie Melua introduce the world famous Rustavi Choir from their native Georgia - a European country at the crossroads with Asia.

Their beautiful and ancient polyphonic singing tradition is a tradition at the heart of Georgian cultural identity and is said to be the earliest in the Christian world. In 2001 it was among the first on the UNESCO list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The Rustavi Ensemble was established by the prominent singer and musicologist Anzor Erkomaishvili nearly fifty years ago and have had huge success in introducing the world to this unique and rich music. 

The performance is preceded by a series of talks on the music of Georgia and the remarkable history of recording it. The talks will take place in the British Library Knowledge Centre from 16.00 – 18.00.

Talks programme 

Welcome – HE Ms Tamar Beruchashvili, Ambassador of Georgia to the UK

Introduction – Janet Zmroczek (Head of European and American Collections, the British Library)

The story of the Gramophone Company and its recording expeditions in the Caucasus and Central Asia in the early 20th century [1901-1914] including extracts from recordings – Will Prentice (Sound Curator, the British Library)

Supporting and promoting Georgian polyphonic singing – Baia Zhuzhunadze (Georgian Chanting Foundation)

Polyphonic influence on Georgian Culture and its promotion by the British Georgian Society – Jason Osborn (BGS)

The First Georgian Phonorecords – Anzor Erkomaishvili (Rustavi Ensemble)

Georgian Music then and now – Prof Rezo Kiknadze (Rector of Tbilisi State Conservatory)

Tickets may be purchased for the concert with or without the talks, and for either standing or seated places at the concert. 

Talk and concert (16.00 - 20.45)

Seated £25 Book here

Standing £16 Book here

Concert only (19.15 - 20.45)

Seated £17 Book here

Standing £10 Book here

This event is supported by the Embassy of Georgia, the British Georgian Society, Georgian Chanting Foundation, Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia, the Georgian Wine Club and the Shilda Wine Company