Sunday, 16 September 2007

Kremlin Zoria

The night after the wedding we all went to see the Kremlin Zoria, a festival of military music inspired by the Edinburgh Tattoo, but held in Red Square. This was the first Zoria--the word is Russian for tattoo--and ran for four nights only. It was organised by a history teacher called Vitaly Mironov who travelled in the 1990s to Paisley and fell in love with Scotland, and its culture, history and approach to military reverance, which he thought had a lot on common with the Russian attitude. He helped bring the Russian Navy Band to the Edinburgh Festival in 1998, and was helped by Brig. Mel Jamieson in organising the Moscow event.