Month: October 2023

English for Moving to the UK: documents, services, utilities

Are you planning to move to the UK or feeling lost after already moving here? Join me and learn the vocabulary, expressions, and questions you need to set up your new life. I’ll teach you how to ask for help; rent a flat; arrange for utilities like gas, electricity, water, internet; find a doctor; get a parking permit; and register to vote. Moving to an English-speaking country can be difficult. This lesson can make it easier for you and your family.

English for Moving to the UK: documents, services, utilities

Learn English Through Podcast

Welcome to the 6th episode of Word Wave – An English learning podcast to improve English speaking by learning new English words daily. In today’s English lesson with Sara and Erica, you will learn how to use the noun ‘Dapper’ and its correct pronunciation. Also, look at English sentences and phrases with Naive to use in everyday English conversations.

Learn English Through Podcast - Episode 06 | #wordwave - Advanced C1 Level English Words #letstalk

The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

An Energizing Evening: The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine in Birmingham United People of Different Cultures

Attending the concert with my family, we were fortunate to be part of a group of Ukrainians who were graciously invited by our lovely British volunteers. Firstly, Noran, who made it possible to organise this evening with some tickets generously donated to us by Birmingham Symphony Hall or paid for through a grant received from Birmingham City Council.

These dedicated individuals, who tirelessly work in Sutton Coldfield, everyday help us to integrate in the culture of UK by organising a lot of activities, including their every week English lessons. This gives us an opportunity to touch “the old Great Britain” and investigate the modern British Commonwealth.

One of such activities became the concert we attended last Tuesday.

The concert itself was a testament to the orchestra’s exceptional talent and artistry. From the moment the conductor raised his baton, the hall was filled with a symphony of strong emotions and high Energy, which we felt by every cell of our bodies and soul. Each note resonated with passion and skill, captivating the audience and transporting us to a world of great classical music.

As the evening unfolded, it became apparent that this concert was not just a display of musical prowess but also a celebration of unity and cultural exchange. The presence of both Ukrainian and British attendees created a sense of camaraderie and shared appreciation for the arts. It was heartening to witness the power of music in bridging cultural divides and fostering connections between communities.

The concert concluded with a resounding ovation, a testament to the profound impact the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine had on the audience. As we left Symphony Hall, our hearts were filled with a renewed appreciation for the beauty and universality of music.

It was a really heavenly and incredible, a really amazing evening. I wasn’t able to catch my breath for many hours after this concert and this feeling lasted for several days after.

This extraordinary evening will forever be etched in our memories, serving as a reminder of the transformative power of the arts and the importance of fostering cultural understanding.

The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine’s performance in Birmingham was a truly remarkable event. 

In addition to expressing our gratitude to the British volunteers for their kind invitation, I would like to extend a special thanks to Olesya, the Ukrainian organizer who administrated this unforgettable evening. It is through the efforts of individuals like Olesya and the volunteers that the power of music can be harnessed to create moments of joy and unity.

In sharing this review, I hope to inspire others to seek out similar cultural experiences and embrace the opportunities that arise from connecting with different communities. The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine’s performance in Birmingham was not just a concert – it was a celebration of unity with Genius of Art, and the unifying language of music. Let us continue to support and cherish such events, as they have the potential to shape our world in profound and meaningful ways.

This event was made possible by the generous support of Birmingham City Council

Author Igor Tishkin

A Glorious Celebration of Autumn

On the 21st of October we held our Autumn Celebration at Sutton Coldfield United Reform Church. Over 60 people came together to enjoy each other’s company, share a lovely buffet, and have fun.

A big thank you goes out to the staff from Refugee and Migrant Centre, and Spring Housing who gave up their Saturday afternoon to offer advice and support to guests and sponsors. We would also like to thank Sutton Coldfield URC who gave their facilities free of charge.

We had some amazing autumn displays including a pumpkin house with resident vampire dog by Kate and her children, a lovely dish of food from Olha, and face-painting by Anastasia to compliment the children’s costumes. The children enjoyed board games and cartoons, while parents, hosts and volunteers had a chance to interact and make new friends.

Thanks to Olesia for all the hard work planning and organising this event . Everyone had a fabulous time.

This event was made possible by the generous support of Birmingham City Council

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