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“Gaumarjos!” now on Bandcamp…

February 23, 2021
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The digital version of Chela and Buska’s new CD can now be purchased from our Bandcamp page – https://chelabuska.bandcamp.com/album/gaumarjos. All proceeds go towards further training of the choir (for example lessons with Georgian teachers) and charitable causes in Georgia, supported by St. Gregory’s foundation (http://stgregorysfoundation.org.uk)

It’s our first album!

December 16, 2020

Despite having our live concert plans frustrated, Chela and Buska have not spent the last few months only painting our nails and twiddling our beards. Hard at work behind the scenes, a dedicated team has picked out the cream of our concert recordings from recent years, and compiled a CD of 17 live tracks – our very first album! Called “Gaumarjos!”(which literally translates as “Victory!”, but has come to be used the same as “Cheers!” or “Prost!” as a toast to good health), the album has the same mix of rugged working songs, tender love ballads and millennium-old sacred chants that feature in our concerts.

The CDs come with a full-colour illustrated booklet with background notes on Georgian polyphony and regional variations, as well as information on the meaning and/or provenance of the individual tracks. It is available by mail-order at £10 plus postage and packing. Please email Boris at borkouz@hotmail.com for details about ordering and payments.

An Orthodox Christmas Wassail

November 17, 2019
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You are cordially invited to a concert by Chela and Buska, the Cambridge Georgian Choirs, to celebrate Orthodox Christmas (which falls on the following day).

When: at 7:30 pm on Monday 6th January 2020

Where: Jesus College Chapel, Cambridge, CB5 8BL (access via the Porter’s Lodge, off jesus Lane)

Entry is free, but there will be a retiring collection to support training of the choir and charitable causes in Georgia.

To reserve seats, please email:
chelatickets@gmail.com

Xmas 19-20 draft 1

A Midsummer’s Day Concert

May 3, 2019
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On 24th June at 7.30pm, join Chela and Buska for a songful celebration of Midsummer’s Day in Emmanuel United Reformed Church on Trumpington Street in Cambridge. The choirs will be singing a mixture of folk songs and city songs, wedding songs and harvest songs, as well as a few religious songs, both Christian and Pagan. In the interval we will be offering Georgian wine and soft drinks in return for a donation. As has become a Chela tradition, we will not be charging for entry to the concert, but ask that you give as generously as you are able as you leave, as all profits go towards supporting homeless children in Tbilisi as well as Georgian singing teachers visiting the UK. You can reserve yourself one of the best seats in the house by emailing: chelatickets@gmail.com

 

A Georgian Christmas Wassail

November 1, 2018
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A concert by Chela and Buska, the Cambridge Georgian Choirs, to celebrate Orthodox Christmas:

When: at 7:30 pm on Monday 7th January 2019

Where: Jesus College Chapel, Cambridge, CB5 8BL

Entry is free, but there will be a retiring collection to support training of the choir and charitable causes in Georgia.

To reserve seats, please email:
chelatickets@gmail.com

xmas poster A5 final

Ialoni return visit

August 26, 2018
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By popular demand, Ialoni are making a return visit to the UK, and Chela are lucky enough to be able to host them at Little St Mary’s Church again. Save the date: Friday, 7th September at 8pm. Free entry, but make sure of a good seat by emailing chelatickets@gmail.com.

A5 poster Sept 2018

A Celebration of Georgian Song

March 11, 2018
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In early April Chela are looking forward to welcoming members of award-winning women’s ensemble “Ialoni” from Tbilisi. Ialoni are led by Nino Naneishvili, who has visited Cambridge several times before and each time captivated us with her joyful teaching style and repertoire of songs.

On Friday 6th April we will be sharing the stage with Ialoni in Little St Mary’s Church on Trumpington Street, Cambridge, singing a mixture of secular and church songs from Georgia. Do come and join us if you can – you can reserve seats in advance by email – see attached poster for details.

A5 poster Easter 2018

In concert and workshop at FolkEast 2017

September 25, 2017

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Chela is singing at FolkEast 2017

June 20, 2017

See the lineup for FolkEast 2017 here.

Easter Songs from Georgia

February 26, 2017

A concert by Chela, the Cambridge Georgian choir:
at 7:30 pm
on Wednesday 5th April 2017
in
Jesus College Chapel
Cambridge
CB5 8BL

Entry is free, but there will be a retiring collection to support training of the choir and charitable causes in Georgia.

To reserve seats, please email:
chelatickets@gmail.com

Download a poster from here.