Chamber choir Urbi et Orbi is a dynamic chamber choir based in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The choir was founded in April 2014 by an enthusiastic conductor Oleg Slugin, a graduate of the Glinka Boys Choir School (2007) and the Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory (Choral Conducting, 2012, аnd Symphony Conducting, 2017).
The chamber choir consisted mostly of the graduating class of the N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov Musical School for Adults. Currently, the choir is a diverse group of around 25 singers, students as well as young professionals in different fields.
The choir has a wide repertoire, including sacred and secular music, works from composers such as Georgy Sviridov, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Pavel Chesnokov, Victor Kalinnikov, Sergei Taneyev, Valery Gavrilin, Yury Falik, Sergei Slonimsky, Orlando di Lasso, Antonio Lotti, Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as adaptations of Russian and foreign folk songs.
The choir’s performance schedule is extensive, including participation in a number of choir festivals - “Singing World” (2014, 2015, 2019), “Nevsky Choral Assemblies” (2015, 2016, 2019), Sviridov Festival of Vocal and Choral Music (2015), Sandler Festival of Choral Music (2015, 2020), "Petrovskaya cantata" (2016), XV International Choir Festival "Tallinn 2017", XXX 30th Lyadov Art Festival (Borovichi, 2019) and others, and also giving solo concerts at many venues of Saint Petersburg. In June 2016 and October 2017 the choir went on the tour to Veliky Novgorod where they gave a concert in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Sign, in April-May 2018 – went on tour to Podebrady and Prague. In June 2019 the choir took part in the celebration of the 220th anniversary of Alexander Pushkin’s birth (Pushkinskiye Gory, Pskov).
The choir also took part in performances of Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera “Mozart and Salieri” (Saint Petersburg Youth Opera Theater, 2014) and “Cavalleria rusticana” by Pietro Mascagni (Music Festival “St Petersburg Palaces”, 2017).