Katherine Jenkins and the Bolshoi perform a BA air ballet

08/11/2016 by .

Classical singer Katherine Jenkins  and  the Bolshoi perform a BA air ballet aboard a   BA flight to Moscow to celebrate the launch of British Airways’ Dreamliner flights from London Heathrow to Moscow, Russia.

Lucky passengers were taken by surprise when  Artemy Belyakov and Olga Marchenkova, from the legendary Bolshoi Theatre of Russia teamed up with Welsh Mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins OBE, who sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

Artemy Belyakov said: “We are honoured to be a part of this very first flight to Moscow and unite the heart and soul of classical Russian culture with an iconic British brand such as British Airways in this performance on board.  We loved the creative challenge of using the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner as our stage, and the experience was as memorable for us as it was for the audience”.

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Olga Marchenkova, a ballet dancer from The Bolshoi, remarked
“Being a part of the oldest ballet theatre in the world, dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet have performed in some incredible places over the past 240 years – but ballet in the sky takes it to a whole new level! I enjoyed that experience!”
Speaking after the performance, Katherine Jenkins said: “Such fun to be invited to perform for the first time at 41,000 feet ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ en route to Moscow on board BA’s new Dreamliner! I have always been excited to sing in Russia due to its deep and rich history in the arts, and performing alongside dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet was a very special experience for me.”

British Airways’ Commercial Manager for Russia. Galina Karzova commented: “This launch is a huge step for British Airways, and reinforces our continued commitment to our London to Moscow service.  The introduction of the new First cabin on the route means customers can travel in unrivalled luxury and style.”

The BA 787-9 flight into Moscow operates weekly from November 1, 2016, increasing to twice-weekly from January 3, 2017.

 

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