Shostakovich In Rotherhithe

The Conductor & From Jewish Folk Poetry

Shostakovich in Rotherhithe, an opportunity to discover the work of Dmitry Shostakovisch in two events both at Sands Films Studios. There is a limited seat availability.

Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich was a Soviet composer and pianist, and a prominent figure of 20th-century music

Shostakovich In Rotherhithe: The Conductor

Dmitri Shostakovich's The conductor at Sands Films Studios

THE CONDUCTOR The writing of Dmitri Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony under the Siege of Leningrad

The Conductor is a stage play with Symphonic piano based on the novel by Sarah Quigley. featuring Joe Skelton, Deborah Wastell and Danny Wallington (piano). The book adapted by Mark Wallington and the play directed by Jared McNeill.

The writing of Dmitri Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony under the Siege of Leningrad. The threat of fascism creeps ever closer.

What use is art in the face of all this?

Share this poignant, deeply resonant piece with us, in the midst of the cold season, 75 years after the Siege of Leningrad, a winter that devastated a nation.

The crackle of a tannoy breaks a pregnant silence…and for one moment, as the barrage of shell and artillery pauses, music washes over the city of Leningrad.

"The story of how Shostakovich and one valiant, bedraggled orchestra created a defining moment in the siege of Leningrad, providing a gripping testament to the life-saving power of music"

The Guardian


Monday 5th December Wednesday 7th December Thursday 8th December Friday 9th December
19:30 19:30 19:30 19:30

Just four performances:

Monday December 5th
Wednesday December 7th
Thursday December 8th
Friday December 9th

Tickets only £5 . (Includes a cup of tea in the wonderful cafe at Sands.)

All shows starts 19:30.  Running time: 70 minutes

  Tickets for The Conductor available here


Four Stars, and Winner of the 2016 Buxton Festival Fringe ‘John Beecher Award.’

Shostakovich In Rotherhithe: From Jewish Folk Poetry Op. 79

Composed in 1948 fully aware of the Holocaust and in response to a new and brutal wave of anti-Semitism sweeping the Soviet Union, the poems describe the hard life for Jews under the Czar, allowing Shostakovich to speak about their current plight using coded allegory. The music brings to life the misery, terror and humour contained within the Jewish tradition, and makes listening to these songs a deeply moving experience. This concert will be presented on the Stage.


Piano: Alexey Demchenko

Soprano: Galina Averina

Mezzo-soprano: Maria Gulik

Tenor: Mikhail Shepelenko

Saturday 10th December, 7.30pm

Tickets £15.  Show starts 19:30. Running time: 70 mins\

  Tickets for The Conductor available here

Anglo Russian Culture Club

ARCC (Anglo Russian Culture Club). Russian culture from a transcultural perspective. Literature, film theatre, music.

Once a month, on a Saturday evening, they will screen a Russian/Soviet film at Sands Films Studios and offer an informal opportunity for people to discuss the topic of the film with an introduction to the films and a post-screening discussion.

  ARCC (Anglo Russian Culture Club)


Sands Films Studios and Rotherhithe Picture Research Library

Sands Films Studios and Rotherhithe Picture Research Library

Seats are limited and each booking reduces the number of seats available to others. If you cannot attend, please cancel as soon as possible your booking by going to “MY TICKETS” on the email Eventbrite has sent you: this is the best way to release your seat to someone else and to enable us to refund your contribution.

If the film is SOLD OUT, there will be an automated waiting list, this will contact you if and when a seat becomes available.

Sands Films is a busy film studio and production facility set up in an 18C warehouse in Rotherhithe since 1975. In 2005 Sands Films started a Cinema Club in its screening room. The popularity of these weekly screenings has triggered more screenings and events open to the public including the Cinema Club, Anglo-Russian Culture Club, Live Stage Productions and concerts.

Most screenings are free but donations are welcome for running costs. Live events have a charge to pay performers.

You can join Sands Films Studios  weekly mailing list

Private and corporate events can also be booked.

WISE16 would like to emphasize the important of community projects supported with donations. Please, consider giving a contribution to help maintain projects like this. Thank you

Disclaimer: The information in this calendar is subject to changes and cancellation. We always recommend to check with the organiser.

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