May 12, the Large Amphitheater of Moscow’s Zaryadye Park welcomed the Third Children and Youth Wind Band Contest of the Spasskaya Tower for Children, a special project carried out by the Directorate of the Spasskaya Tower International Military Tattoo. This contest is a
As usual the contest was marked by a spectacular performance of the Massed Children and Youth Wind Band. But this year it gained support of the Combined Children Choir. We can’t but mention the striking scope and scale of this unique artistic group, featuring 41 youth wind bands and seven choirs of 1400 musicians and 300 voices, respectively. These young and very talented boys and girls come from the Central Federal District representing Moscow, Tula, Belgorod, Voronezh as well as Moscow, Kaluga, Vladimir and other regions. Vasilievsky Spusk, in the very heart of Moscow, became venue for this amazing music performance that led by Colonel Evgeniy Nikitin, Conductor of the President’s Band and Honored Artist of Russia, grasped attention of thousands of Muscovites and guests of the capital.
The idea of creating a massed band belongs to Lieutenant General Valery Khalilov, the first Music Director of the Spasskaya Tower Festival (2007–2016), and Ms. Olga Golodets, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia. For the first time the Spasskaya Tower Massed Children and Youth Band saw light in 2017 when about a 1000 of young gifted musicians performed popular songs and melodies right near the Kremlin walls.
At the outset of the performance Mr. Sergey Smirnov, Head of the Spasskaya Tower Festival Directorate, thanked all the members of the music
Then the concert finally began. Accompanied by the Combined Children Choir, the Massed Children and Youth Wind Band performed the Anthem of the Russian Federation, songs My Moscow by Isaak Dunaevskiy and Victory Day by David Tukhmanov as well as a number of children and popular compositions.