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Gatchina children music school named after M.M. Ippolitov-Ivanov

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GATCHINA CHILDREN’S MUSICAL SCHOOL NAMED AFTER M.M. IPPOLITOV-IVANOV (66, Chkalova st., Gatchina Town). It was founded in 1930, it is the oldest children’s musical school in the Leningrad Oblast. Since 1939 it bears a name of M.M. Ippolitov-Ivanov, who was present at the school opening in 1930. The school has been housed in different buildings including the Priorate Palalce in 1947. The modern school building is situated on the former place of G.Y. Lomakin’s house. A great credit for construction of a school building must be given the first postwar head teacher, Honoured Teacher of Russia, G.P. Borisov. Since 1991 the school head teacher is V.N. Kazantsev. In the year of its opening the school occupied only two classrooms, there were 10-15 students and 3-4 teachers. In 2005 the school had 58 teachers ( 7 teachers – the Honoured Culture Workers ) and 470 students. The school houses 6 orchestras: folk instruments, chamber music, string instruments, 2 brass bands, “Garmonika” (“Accordion”), accordion (junior and senior staff). Every year the school wins about 50-60 prizes at the oblast, regional, All-Russia and international contests. At present the school is the biggest culture, science and methodology centre of the Leningrad Oblast. In 2000 it became an honoured member of Petrovskaya Academy. The leading specialists of St.Petersburg musical colleges hold masterclasses at the school. The school regularly holds seminars, international festivals, regional and oblast contests (“Yunye Darovaniya” (“Young Talents”), “Gatchinskaya Raduga” (“Gatchina Town Rainbow”)), international contest of young organ players and also Easter and Christmas choral festivals, etc. Musical groups and soloists from the Leningrad Oblast, St.Petersburg, Russia and foreign countries perform on the school concert hall stage (the best in Gatchina Town). The school houses Gatchina Town Philharmonic Society, school teachers and students take part in its concerts. In 2005 an electronic organ was mounted in the school concert hall in honour of its 75th anniversary.

Osipov, Oleg Vasilyevich

Borisov, Georgy Petrovich
Ippolitov-Ivanov, Mikhail Mikhailovich
Kazantsev, Vladimir Nikolayevich
Lomakin, Gavriil Yakimovich (Ioakimovich)

Leningrad Oblast, the/Gatchina District/Gatchina Town/Chkalov Street

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