Polyelei ensemble was created on the base of a church choir of
St. Trinity Cathedral in Khoroshevo - on of the most ancient
brick cathedrals in Moscow.
The choir constantly took part in church service and gave a number of benefit concerts for the purpose of re-creation of this unique memorial of history and architecture.
The concerts attracted to the church many believers. It became a centre of culture of Khoroshevo region of Moscow.
Since that time, wide concert activity of the ensemble began. Polyelei was invited to give recitals on the best Moscow stages: the Great Hall of the Conservatoire, the Kolonny Hall, the Tchaikovsky Hall of Moscow Philharmonic.
Polyelei took part in many international festivals of sacred music. The press appreciated the performing quality of the ensemble. Newspaper articles pointed out the great contribution into the renaissance of unique Russian sacred music, the involvement of wide masses of people into listening to the best samples of the ancient Russian art of singing and the underrated pieces of Russian classical composers. The press also paid attention to the Polyelei's unique performing style.
A number of Polyelei recitals were broadcast by TV and radio. "Rossia" TV company made a film about the ensemble.
Polyelei concerts were appreciated both in Russia and abroad. The concerts in a number of German cities were great success. The Hamburg authorities invited the choir to take part in in the memorial ceremony dedicated to the 50-th Anniversary of the beginning of World War II. The Mayor and the Bishop, appreciating the Polyelei performances, awarded them with a symbolic key from the city.
All 16 members of the ensemble are professionals - they graduated from the best music high schools of Moscow and St. Petersburg. That's why the ensemble has high performance skill.
Alexander Perovsky is a professional conductor. He finished the choir conducting department of Russian Music Academy named after Gnessins. During more than 20 years he studied Russian sacred music; at the same time he worked as a presentor. He works for the renaissance of Russian sacred music traditions.
The basic Polyelei repertoire consists of choir and solo works of Russian sacred music created during many centures. They perform pieces by Bortnyansky, Chesnokov, Grechaninov - as well as pieces by classic Russian composers Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Mussorgsky. The collection of folk songs supplements the programme perfectly. Polyelei always increase their repertoire. Sacred music of Western Europe occupies worthy place in it.
Polyelei ensemble is one of the first choirs performing Russian sacred music in all its wealth.