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RWCMD Launches Russia ’17

3 December 2016

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Russia ’17 brings 15 Welsh arts organisations together in a unique creative collaboration that captures the social and cultural explosion of an era which continues to influence art forms and artists today.

The College launches the season with Moira Buffini’s new drama, Dying For It and a festival of chamber music, Twilight of the Tsars, marking the centenary of the first Russian Revolution that overthrew the Romanov monarchy in February 1917.

The Royal Welsh College’s Head of Creative Programming, Andrew Miller, has been instrumental in bringing together leading Welsh arts organisations including Welsh National Opera, National Dance Company Wales, Sherman Cymru and BBC NOW to create a dynamic and season of performances and events commemorating and reflecting Wales’ historical connections with Russia at the time.

“Russia ’17 offers a wholly new perspective on the cultural life of Wales,” says RWCMD Head of Creative Programming & Executive Producer of the R17 Season, Andrew Miller.

“The Season also presents the Royal Welsh College with a fantastic opportunity to showcase the breadth of our artistic programme as well as through hosting globally respected artists to work with our talented students.

We believe that audiences and students alike will benefit from immersing themselves in the great riches of Russian culture that R17 offers.”


As well as other events throughout the year, the College will host an exclusive visit to the UK in October by R17 Patron Valery Gergiev, with the Stradivarius Ensemble of the Mariinsky Orchestra of St Petersburg’s leading string players to perform a stunning Russian programme.

You can find out more about the College’s Russia ’17 season here.