Royal Couple attend Event marking 160 years First Belgrade Singing Society
Protopresbyter-Stavrophor Petar Lukić, Chairman of the First Belgrade Singing Society speaks at the Academy celebrating the Society’s 160th Anniversary
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Published: 2013 / 06 / 08
Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander II and Crown Princess Katherine attended an event this evening in honour of 160 years of the First Belgrade Singing Society at the Kolarac Foundation in Belgrade. His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia welcomed guests and spoke about the glorious history of the choir, as well as Mr. Svetislav Bozic, a conductor.
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander II presented a decree decorating the Choir with Order of the Crown III degree to President of the Choir Protopresbyter Petar Lukic, head of the St. Michael the Archangel Cathedral Church in Belgrade.
Event was attended by H.E. Archbishop Orlando Antonini, Apostolic Nuncio, H.E. Mr. Vladimir Chushev, ambassador of Belorussia, and numerous Serbian artists and public figures.
The First Belgrade Choir Society was founded on the 14 January in 1853. Over time it grew into a national institution that preserves and continues Serbian musical and spiritual traditions.
The rich history of the First Belgrade Singing Society is also the cultural history of Serbia.
The oldest choir in Serbia, served as a kind of a royal ambassador for Serbian culture, since they performed for the greatest rulers of Europe. As the chorus of the Royal Palace the Choir took part in the coronation ceremonies of all Serbian rulers and patriarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church. Conductors and choir leaders were the most important composers and conductors of Serbia: Stevan Mokranjac, Kornelije Stankovic, Josif Marinkovic, Davorin Jenko, Stanislav Binicki, Kosta Manojlovic, Stevan Hristic Milojevic, Alexander Gavanski, Vojislav Ilic, Dimitrije Stefanovic, Dusan Miladinovic, Bojan Sudjic , Divna Ljubojevic, Vladimir Milosavljevic. The golden age of the Choir came with the most famous Serbian composer Stevan Stojanovic Mokranjac at its helm as artistic director and conductor. It was considered as one of the best choirs of the world at that time.
Right to left: His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej, HRH Crown Prince Alexander II, HRH Crown Princess Katherine and HE Archbishop Orlando Antonini, the Apostolic Nuncio
HRH Crown Prince Alexander II speaks at the Academy celebrating the First Belgrade Singing Society’s 160th Anniversary at Ilija Kolarac Foundation
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej, HRH Crown Prince Alexander II and Protopresbyter-Stavrophor Petar Lukić with the Choir of the First Belgrade Singing Society
Children’s Choir of the First Belgrade Singing Society performs at the celebration of the First Belgrade Singing Society’s 160th Anniversary