These pages contain a brief description of what we get up to and where we meet, it allows you to download the current programme of events and provides a facility to make further enquiries via email. It also tells you how much all of this costs - the cost is kept to a minimum commensurate with providing a high quality programme, often with world-class musicians and speakers and the circle takes no profit from any of its activities.
Who are we?
The Russian Circle is a very varied group of people with a common interest in Russia, its people and/or its culture. We come from a wide variety of backgrounds, with academics, professionals, self-employed, working men and women and retired all mixing happily in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. We boast a good mix of nationalities, with not just British and Russians but people from Kazakhstan, Latvia, Belarus, The Ukraine, Hungary, Armenia and more.
What do we do?
Events are held monthly from January to May and there is a Summer Party normally held in early June, although this year we have two events in March. Events run again from September to late November. These generally take one of two forms:
- Talks by those with specialist knowledge in their field. Speakers may be journalists, business leaders, university dons or members of the circle itself - in fact, anyone with something interesting to say and having a (broadly) Russian theme. Recently these talks have been held at one of a number of venues in Winchester but following a break of several years, from September 2016 are generally being held within the grounds of the historic Winchester College. Talks normally commence at 7.00pm and last for an hour or so. Attendance is free for members of the circle, whilst they cost £4.00 per person for visitors.
- Concerts also commence at 7.00pm and most of them feature an eclectic range of classical music, (Mozart, Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Glinka etc.), whilst occasionally we are treated to singers who might perform Russian folk music or 'Romances'. Concerts cost £10.00 for members, £15.00 for visitors and £5.00 for children 12-15. Children under 12 years old get in free.
All talks and concerts are followed by an informal supper and chance to socialise and chat to speakers, musicians and, of course, each other. All coming to the supper are asked to bring something to eat and drink, with sandwiches, salads, quiches, hors d'œuvres and bottles of wines being very popular.
If this sound like it might be of interest, you'd like more information or you just want to ask a question, use the 'Send us an email' button under the menu area.