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8 Oct, 2009 11:27

Moscow welcomes belles of bells

Becoming a movie star or a space tourist is what many people might dream about - but what if you want to be a bell ringer? Moscow's giving you an opportunity to do just that.

Moscow has attracted the best bell ringers from all across Russian and CIS countries to take part in the festival ”Moscow – the bell capital of Russia”. They are performing and giving master-classes to all those willing to get closer to the art of making music out of Russian Orthodox bells.

“We have invited masters of bell-ringing from different cities from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok,” says the head of the festival, campanologist Ilya Drozdikhin. “While performing the gala-concert they will show all their skills and will be able to exchange their experiences. Especially for this festival, the best teachers and graduates of the Moscow School of Bell Ringers worked out a ring called “Triumph of Orthodoxy”, which will be performed in the new belfry of the Sergiy Radonezhsky Cathedral.”

As part of the festival, a fair of hand-made goods will take place and guests will be offered drinks and treats.