Russian pianist plays music from home |

An afternoon of great drama, romantic love, tragedy and exotic and vibrant dances, featuring music from Eastern Europe, will take place at Villa Marina this weekend.

The Isle of Man Symphony Orchestra will be joined by international concert pianist Yulia Chaplina to perform “From Russia With Love”, a classical Russian music concert at Villa Marina on Sunday, November 21 from 2:30 pm.

The concert will feature music from “Romeo and Juliet” by Glinka, Borodin and Tchaikovsky, as well as a breathtaking performance of Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto, one of the most beloved and iconic piano concertos.

Yulia Chaplina is a Russian pianist based in London, who has won numerous international music awards.

Described in the press as “quintessentially Russian”, Yulia won the gold medal at the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, and performs regularly as a soloist in many of the world‘s finest venues.

She was invited to perform with the Isle of Man Symphony Orchestra after performing for the Ramsey Music Society in the months leading up to the pandemic.

This is the orchestra’s first gala concert since the start of the pandemic and originally “From Russia With Love” was scheduled to be performed in 2020. Members are eager to finally be able to perform the music on stage.

“It is very exciting, but also nerve-racking that things can still go wrong with the unpredictability of Covid,” said Paula Wadsworth, principal cellist and treasurer of the Isle of Man Symphony Orchestra.

“Nothing beats the fun of playing in the Royal Hall, and especially the appreciation we get from the public, which can really give you goosebumps.

“Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto is so iconic and incredibly moving to play, so it’s really a feeling of adrenaline and excitement to be so close to the performance. I know the members will do their utmost in every note. I have played this song several times but it always makes me happy to play it. It’s just one of those pieces that you never forget.

Tickets for the gala concert are £ 14.50 for adults and £ 13 for seniors, with £ 5 for under 16s, available at

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