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Welcome to the Georgian Harmony Association website! This organisation has been promoting Georgian folk music events since 1998.

This site was last updated on November 12th 2017.

“When we as Georgians open our mouths to sing, our eyes are already searching for other voices to join. Within our music- making, the separation, loneliness and isolation of our complex modern day existence has no place. Only our love belongs here. Through this cherished vein, we Georgians carry all that we hold dear. The bloodline of our ancestors. The heartbeat of our nation. The secrets of our immortality. It will be my honour to share our songs with you.”

Nana Mzhavanadze

CONTACT INFORMATION

For all enquiries please email Michael Bloom at : info[at]georgianharmony.org.uk or tel. 01235 536563

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GEORGIAN CALENDAR 2018

Peter Nasmyth's Georgian Calendar for 2018 with the theme "Tbilisi Interiors" is now available. To purchase please click here

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

MALKHAZ ERKVANIDZE is doing an open day workshop in DUBLIN on Saturday November 25th. See : https://www.facebook.com/events/160844867821136/

GEORGIAN HARMONY SINGING WORKSHOP - Christmas and New Year songs

Sunday 10th December 2017 from 14:30 to 17:30
Cost: £5. More info and booking from Beth de Lange: 07837 671 988 or beth[at]bethdelange.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/129293054443927/
Venue: The Reading Rooms, Sunderland Point, Morecambe, Lancashire

This workshop is suitable for people who have never sung Georgian songs, as well as those who are familiar with this music. Our venue, The Reading Rooms has an open fire, and Sunderland Point is a beautiful fishing village, but beware - it gets cut off when high tides cover the road. The workshop is timed so that you can get to the village before the tide comes in, and you will be able to leave at the end, but please don't expect to arrive late or leave early! I will make sure I have supplies in - tea and coffee, mince pies etc. We will open up at 2pm, if you would like to arrive early and enjoy watching the tide come in. Also, because of the size of the venue, and the cut-off-ness of it, I would really appreciate it if you let me know you're coming, or if you decide not to. I don't want anyone left out in the cold! There is parking at the end of the causeway.The Reading Rooms can be found along a path to the left of this.


SINGING HOLIDAYS IN GEORGIA 2018

Here are details of 2 singing holidays in Georgia in 2018:

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CURRENT NEWS

It is my sad duty to inform you that David Tugwell, musical director of the Torola and Skotebi Georgian choirs in Edinburgh, died on April 11th 2017. David was an immensely talented musician as well as a warm friend to all who knew him. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends, members of his choirs and all those who love Georgian singing.

However I am pleased to be able to inform you that, following the sad death of Gigi Garakanidze in 2012 at the tragically early age of 30, his choir MTIEBI and youth choir AMER-IMERI are still going strong and developing new material, led by his wife Magda (Kevlishvili) and other choir members. His father Edisher was one of the first teachers to bring Georgian singing to this country, and it was he who introduced many of the songs we now sing. Tragically, Edisher died in a road accident in Georgia in 1998 together with his wife Nino and daughter Marika. Gigi was the only survivor but was badly injured, and this may well have contributed to his early death. After recovering in 1999 he re-formed Mtiebi with members of Edisher's youth choir Amer-Imeri as well as some of the older members of the original choir, and put into effect Edisher's vision of a folk theatre with songs sung in the context of the scenarios in which they are used in Georgia. Gigi came to the UK several times, both with Mtiebi and alone, and some of you may have seen their excellent performances or attended one of his workshops. Gigi and Magda's son Ilia was born on Christmas Day, December 25th, 2011. He is doing well and already seems to have inherited the family's musical talent.

Gigi had not only a deep knowledge of Georgian song but a gentle and open spirit. He will be greatly missed both personally and for his great contribution to Georgian singing in Georgia and abroad. Here is a picture of Gigi and Magda taken when my wife Eliso and I visited them in September 2011, shortly before Ilia was born.

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(The GEORGIAN HARMONY ASSOCIATION was started by Michael Bloom in 1998, following Edisher Garakanidze's tragic death. This website is dedicated to Edisher's memory.)


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