Alphens Kozakkenkoor
Alphen's Cossack Choir


The jubilee committee, from left to right Henk Ubink, Cees Berg, Wim van der Hoeven,Piet van Dam and Henk Houtman.


The Alphens Cossack Choir will be ten years old next year, and has been under the direction of conductor Arkadi Gankin from the beginning. The repertoire has expanded to about 45 Russian Orthodox songs and cheerful, romantic and uplifting Cossack songs. The audience likes it and then the choir enjoys double.

This second anniversary is of course celebrated with the necessary party buzz. An anniversary committee has set to work on a varied programme, in which Russian music is of course central. In any case there will be an anniversary concert. You can read more about it on this website soon.

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Lekkerkerk - 20 March 2016 -

The Alphens Cossack Choir sings the Byzantine-liturgical song “Velikaja Jektenia”, with soloists Hans van den Berg and Klaas Schulp, entering the St. Jans Church. Cossacks are very religious and loyal to the Russian Orthodox Church. Cossack choirs therefore always have liturgical music in their repertoire.

The choir, led by conductor, bajanist Arkadi Gankin, immediately stole the hearts of the audience. “Dwenadtsat Razbojnikov” introduced those present to the song of the “twelve robbers”. Those who sing in a choir also recognized “Kolj Slavjen” ; that they themselves had sung as “Ich bete an der Macht der Liebe”. The real Cossack repertoire created a special atmosphere in the church. Anna Samoilova accompanied the Cossacks with her violin and Nico van Vliet provided the percussion. The choir closed with “Prosjanieje Slavjankie”, a legendary farewell march. After his acceptance speech, Mr van der Graaf persuaded the choir to sing an encore.

foto ©PeterSpierenburg : The Alphens Cossacks Choir sings in the Johanneskerk

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The Alphens Cossack Choir gave a concert on November 28, 2015 in the Dorpskerk in
Moordrecht. Again, it contained a program full of Russian Orthodox, romantic and cheerful
Cossack songs. As a special guest, the singer Ekaterina Levental performed from Uzbekistan.
She sang four beautiful Russian songs. She accompanied herself on the harp and she was also
accompanied by violinist Anna Samoilova and conductor Arkadi Gankin on bajan.

C новым годом, or Happy New Year. That is what the Alphens Cossacks Choir wishes all visitors to this website.

Happiness, health and prosperity to all of you.

The choir hopes to return to many places in 2017, so that people can enjoy the beautiful Russian Orthodox music and the cheerful Cossack songs.

The Cossacks sang along on Saturday 6 June 2015 at the Volkorenfestival in Middelburg. All the seats were occupied with the performance in the garden hall of the Kloveniersdoelen as well as in the large Koorkerk in Middelburg, which is great fun for a choir.

The audience enjoyed our beautiful Russian Orthodox repertoire as well as some Cossack songs. Also this time the Ukrainian-Russian violinist Anna Samoilova provided a nice accompaniment.

168 choirs participated in the festival with thousands of singers and thousands of listeners. The Middelburg catering industry eventually sang the highest song ....