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1. THE SRF AGM will take place in the EDINBURGH QUAKER MEETING HOUSE , 7 VICTORIA STREET, EDINBURGH EH1 2JL on THURSDAY 30th MARCH 2023 at 6pm. This will be followed by social event when SRF Trustee Tom Hubbard will present his latest book Invitation to the Voyage and discuss some of his other books which have a Slavonic theme. Soft drinks and savouries will be served at this event. The AGM papers will be sent to members in due course.
2. BASEES CONFERENCE: Details of the 2 free keynote BASEES addresses for all SRF members have already been sent out . We wish BASEES a very successful Conference in Scotland!
3. CHAI AND CHAT: The next meeting of this most successful group will be held in Scott's Restaurant, Mercure Hotel, Princes Street, Edinburgh on Thursday April 6th at noon. All most welcome. We take this chance to wish Peter Harvey a swift return to full health and to thank him most sincerely for all the sterling work he has done over these very difficult times in keeping "Chai and Chat" going... and so well!
4. SCOTLAND'S COLD WAR: We look forward to welcoming the Project Leader of this very exciting work that is being done by Stirling University and the National Museums of Scotland in April as part of our "Cultural Conversations" series.
5. LONDON THROUGH RUSSIAN EYES: As part of our "Cultural Conversations" series in May we will be delighted to welcome Dr Anna Vaninskaya who will present her latest book London through Russian Eyes 1896-1914: An Anthology of Foreign Correspondence (2022). If any member would like to purchase a discounted copy of this book please e-mail Dr Vaninskaya at: email@example.com
6. BRISTOL TRANSLATES! Thanks are due to SRF Trustee Dr Sasha Smith for information about this "Bristol Translates On-Line Summer School" which will be held this year from 3-7 July. For more information please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
7. RUSSIAN MUSIC IN SCOTLAND...AND PUSHKIN ON AIR! Thanks are due to SRF Publicity Officer Mikhail Vodopyanov who has provided the following information:
The RSNO will perform Rachmaninov's "Symphonic Dances" In Dundee, (Caird Hall) on 9t March, in Edinburgh (Usher Hall) on 10th March and in Glasgow (City Halls) on 12th March. They will also perform Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No 5" in Aberdeen, (Music Hall) on 16th March, in Edinburgh (Usher Hall) on 17th March and in Glasgow (City Halls) on 19th March. A five-episode adaptation of Pushkin's Eugene Onegin is available on BBC Sounds - this is free but this requires registration: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00ljc2p
8. Thanks to SRF Trustee's wife Eleanor who spotted the following! From 18th March till 24th March in the New Athenaeum Theatre in Glasgow, students will perform a Russian Double Bill - "A Feast in the Time of Plague" by Cesar Cui (sung in Russian with English surtitles) and "Four Sisters" by Elena Langer (sung in English with English surtitles). This double bill will be preceded by a brief curtain raiser - a staging of Prokofiev's "Overture on Hebrew Themes".