Official website of the Spasskaya Tower International Military Music Festival
ru en
Official website of the Spasskaya Tower International Military Music Festival
25 December 2019

In Honor of  Maestro: Russia is Welcoming the Valery Khalilov International Music Festival

Go back

From January 29 to February 2, 2020 the Valery Khalilov Charity Foundation will hold the Valery Khalilov International Music Festival marking the birthday (January 30) of the prominent Russian military conductor. Founded by his family and colleagues, the foundation is organizing a series of events to honor the memory of the great artist and his invaluable contribution to wind music and military culture both in Russia and across the world.

Valery Khalilov made it into history as a person who unearthed and pointed out all the importance and significance of wind music. He was the founder and architect of the military tattoo movement in Russia. Nowadays festivals set up by Valery Khalilov are held from Sevastopol to Sakhalin, every year gaining new impetus and further development.

Besides, we cannot but mention that Valery Khalilov was the mastermind and the first music director of the Spasskaya Tower International Military Tattoo, the biggest international music festival of Russia.

According to the organizers, the Valery Khalilov Festival is designed as the large-scale cultural project aimed at showcasing music special role in consolidating national patriotic traditions as well as bringing up the youngsters in the spirit of respecting country’s glorious past.

This year the festival is dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War featuring a great number of events such as the solemn church service in the Epiphany Cathedral of Elokhov (January 29), special concerts staged by some of the best Russian military bands and choirs in fifteen cities of Russia including Moscow, Saint Petersburgh, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Khabarovsk, Sochi, Kaliningrad, etc. (January 30), as well as various master classes by Valery Khalilov’s friends and colleagues including Steven Mead, great euphonium soloist, and David Johnston, leader of the International Celtic Massed Pipes and Drums (EU). The Ode to Peace great gala concert will take place on February 2, 2020 at 5 p.m. and mark the end of the festival.