Echo of Friendship
The Central Military Orchestra of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation visited Pyongyang from June 25 to July 3. They laid a floral basket before the statues of President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill.
The orchestra presented a gift to the respected Kim Jong Un. It was given to a relevant official of the DPRK by Valery Khalilov, head of the military orchestra service of the Armed Forces of Russia and chief conductor.
Eight years ago the orchestra visited the DPRK and staged their performance in presence of Kim Jong Il on the occasion of his birthday, the Day of the Shining Star, and was honoured with having a photo taken with him. On this visit they prepared with sincerity colourful programs out of their boundless reverence for the peerlessly great men of Mt. Paektu and friendly affection for the service personnel and people of the DPRK.
The orchestra staged their first performance at the East Pyongyang Grand Theatre. The Russian artistes sang songs in praise of the Korean leaders so that the venue was overflowed with infinite respect for them.
The audience gave big hands to the excellent performance of band music in portrayal of the greatness of the Songun politics of the Workers’ Party of Korea and the DPRK–Russia friendship, and other pieces in portrayal of the aspect of the national art of Russia, sentiments and customs of the Russian people.
The orchestra held a joint street march and military music ritual with the Military Band of the Korean People’s Army and the Female Brass Band of the Korean People’s Internal Security Forces. There was a joint performance of the Korean and Russian military bands. During their stay, they visited Mangyongdae, Songdowon International Children’s Camp and other places in the DPRK, and paid floral tribute to the Liberation Tower.
The visit of the Russian military orchestra marked a good opportunity to boost the friendship between the army and people of both countries.
Joint performance of Korean and Russian military bands
Members of the orchestra visit the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and Songdowon International Children’s Camp