making educational TV programmes about classical music, literature, and history...
To rephrase the Russian writer Yuri Trifonov, every city bears the reflection of history. In some it glows with a fearsome light, yet in others it is barely visible, barely warm, but it is there.
Our series on European city histories is a mammoth undertaking. Starting in western Europe with Ireland’s second city, Cork, where the history is not so conspicuous, to Moscow in the east, founded in 1147, and where its growth from turbulence to magnificence is easier to witness. All told, production will continue for an estimated six years as we work our way across the continent.
Our equally epic production, the history of opera, will see our second film unit trace the 400 year history of this most thrilling of art forms. Richard Mantle OBE, Director of Opera North, aptly described the genre when he said “the combination of dramatic narrative, stagecraft and music, and especially the range and vulnerability of the human voice, make opera the art form that comes closest to expressing pure emotion”.
Dublin in Ireland is not a big city. Yet for its modest size, it has produced an almost disproportionate number of writers of world renown – no less than three of them Nobel Laureates. Our series on Dublin’s Famous Writers will look at the lives of ten of them and endeavour to explain how the city produced so many literary giants.
We return to Russia for a fascinating series on the lives of 20 of its most renowned classical composers of the romantic era. Russia’s contribution to classical music is phenominal, yet much of the classical music audience knows comparatively little of its composers. The concert halls of Europe do little to ameliorate this state of affairs, as they promote a narrow selection of the vast Russian corpus.
We certainly hope that our programmes broaden the minds of our viewers and that visitors to this site will subscribe to keep up to date with programme developments.
History of Opera
Opera as an art form is often regarded as elitist, esoteric, and expensive to attend. For those who share this view, it may be surprising, and definitely amusing to learn.....
The great Roman Stoic philosopher and statesman Seneca wrote that travel and change of place impart new vigour to the mind. Indeed it should but.....
Dublin's Famous Writers
Dublin in the Republic of Ireland is a UNESCO City of Literature, and for a small city, has produced three Nobel Laureats of the art form. Our series features of ten of them who.....
Our philanthropic undertakings
Three of our series are non-profit undertakings, the revenue from which will support the work of three renowned charities. Our Opera Odyssey series will support Musicians Without Borders; the History of Cork series will support Cork Penny Dinners; and the Dublin Writers series will support the Capuchin Day Centre. Your support of our programmes will have a significant impact on the level of help we can offer these charities. See individual website for further details.
Musicians Without Borders
Working with local organizations and musicians to bring social change and peaceful, livable conditions to their own communities.
Cork Penny Dinners
Cork Penny Dinners is one of Cork’s oldest caring charitable organisations. It serves up to 2000 freshly made meals per week to all who struggle and are in need.
Capuchin Day Centre
The most respected homeless charity in Dublin, its volunteers serve up to 900 meals each day to the needy, and distribute 1400 food parcels per week.
We have probably coined a new term, but in October 2021 we will film a four-part series which documents the life of one of Russia’s most innovative composers, and include entire performances from the Scriabin Festival in Prague.
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Elbrus TV works very closely with corporate entities to discern their business objectives and establish how their patronage or sponsorship of a programme or series can align with those objectives. Our Corporate Partners provide crucial operating support, without which our independent productions would simply not be possible. Both the Alexander Scriabin documentary/concert series and the four-season Opera Odyssey series are both now open for corporate partnerships.
Study Videography With Us
Apply to study video production with us. Learn lighting, sound recording, camera operations, sound editing, and video editing. Closing date for applications for our bursary/internship for 2021/22 close on 19th March 2021.
New series announced
The great romantic classical composers of Russia...
Russia’s contribution to classical music is truly breathtaking. From Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila, Balakirev’s Islamey, and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, and Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2, we barely initiate our voyage of discovery of the great Russian composers of the romantic era. Our new comprehensive series will explore the life and works of 20 of these titans.
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