All choirs and groups that performed at the 19th edition of the festival can be listened to on the website orthodox.fm – Orthodox Media Portal of the Lublin-Chelm Diocese …
Festival seen from behind the scenes
Anna Jawdosiuk, who was a announcer at the 17th edition of MFKW, talks about the work behind the scenes of the festival.
The work in the festival office continues all year, when the 17th edition of the East Slavic Terespol caroling was over, the organizers were already making adjectives for the following year. And this year brought a few surprises. “Oh na mori, oh na mori mori…” sang Ilona Karpiuk (ILO&friends), played her bass guitar, drums and accordion, all in rock rhythms, and was accompanied by ladies from the folk band “Rozspiewany Grodek”. This unusual caroling project called “Szczodry Wieczar Dobrym Ludziam” combined electope-acoustic sounds with the folk tradition of caroling.
Moving on to a completely different side of musical aesthetics, it is worth recalling the performance of the band “Tutejsza szlachta” from Minsk. The sound of cymbals, white singing, Renaissance Belarusian songs, stylized costumes from the era moved us to the times of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Crown. In both Lublin and Terespol, the band presented traditional Carols of the Belarusian nobility, today often forgotten melodies and words that artists try to save and spread.
Another caroler who aroused vivid emotions among the Terespol audience was the Family Choir of the Parish of Suprasl. The conductors, pr. Dimitr and Miroslawa Tichoniuk managed to engage in caroling together (but also attending church services, concert performances) generations from the most unruly little ones to their parents. The choir presented family energy in the scene “Before Caroling”, on the stage there were snowballs, a snowman, a star and the carolers themselves, who sang one of the most popular Christmas carols in Podlasie (the most popular among children) – “Sviataya Warwara”.
The Festival in Terespol is also a time of a kind of test for the Orthodox parish choirs of the Lublin-Chelm Diocese. A worthy highlight was the performance of the Orthodox Parish Choir of the Covering Veil of Mary the Theotokos in Kobylany, where the new conductor Natalia Iwaniuk is a continuator of the rich tradition of local orthodox melodies, achievements of long-time psalmist Piotr Lastowski. The Choir of the Orthodox Parish of The Covering Veil of Mary the Theotokos of Slawatycze under the direction of Ewa Wasilczyk charmed the audience with a performance of resolute young artists, who, despite their age, can boast of a rich achievement. Perhaps the most popular Orthodox Carols from Chelmszczyzna, Lublin and Podlasie sounded in a performance of the choir of the Orthodox Parish of St. Anna in Miedzylesie under the direction of Rafal Dmitruk, who debuted in this role.
And so you can exchange endlessly choirs that performed on the Terespol stage, and there were more than 30 of them (out of 50 entries), carols that presented, the quantities not count, but the most important thing is that once again in Terespol we met to praise God together, enjoy His Nativity and the promise of the salvation of all mankind. And now we are waiting for the 18th edition …