The best performer of the festival, «Illuminator» was the Archimandrite Nikodimos

© RIA Novosti / Julia Chicherinoj festival Educator on Valaam. 28 July 2018The best performer of the festival, «Illuminator» was the Archimandrite Nikodimos© RIA Novosti / Yulia Chicherina

The best performer of Church chants, at the voting, at the IV International festival of Orthodox singing «Educator» became Archimandrite Nikodimos (Cavarnos) from Greece, who sang ancient Byzantine chants.

For the first time at the festival, «Illuminator», which is held annually on the island of Valaam, through secret ballot, the audience was able to choose the best performer. In the end, a diploma and a commemorative statue of Prince Vladimir was awarded the special guest of the festival, Archimandrite Nikodimos from Greece.

«For anyone involved in Church songs, become a part of the beautiful festival, «Illuminator» is very honorable. I am happy that today is located on Valaam, the monastery. For me personally, is the realization of a big dream to come to Russia, this great and Holy Russia», — said the winner.

Second place the audience gave the Choir of the Valaam monastery. Diploma and a commemorative statuette also received the choir Salutaris from Belarus, who took third place. All groups participating in the festival received memorable gifts and diplomas.

Singing field of the Valaam monastery, welcomed the guests and participants of the IV international festival «Educator» July 28-29.

The first day of the festival was opened by verses from the Holy Royal passion-bearers «touch Not mine anointed» Choir of the Valaam monastery, which set the General tone of the main theme of the festival this year – the feat of the new martyrs and Confessors of the Russian Church.

More than 200 people – representatives of choirs from Russia, Belarus, Finland, Greece, Montenegro and Russia — have not competed, and «talked» to each other in a common language – the language of music and love to God.

Festival, «Illuminator» is held with the blessing of Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill and serves the preservation of historical and cultural heritage of Russia, the revival of traditions of Orthodox singing.