UK celebrates Chopin’s birth anniversary in big way

Concerts, performances taking place in the UK

22nd February 2010:
If you wish to join in Frederic Chopin’s 200th birthday celebrations, a guide has been put together just for you. It gives details of the events taking place in the UK. In fact, a number of concerts and performances are taking place in the UK this year.

London’s International Piano Series, considered an important platform for international solo piano recitals, too is drawing attention to Chopin’s works this season. Chopin concerts and other events are taking place till June 8 in London’s Southbank’s Centre.

Poland has already launched a year of celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of the celebrated composer. The celebrations, for paying tribute to the well known composer of romantic music, include events at home and abroad.

The celebrations have, in fact, started in his native Poland on January 7; and concerts, exhibits and competitions are also taking place this year in France, Austria, England and China among many other countries.

The Polish Cultural Institute’s booklet brings to the fore Chopin-themed events being held in London at the Chopin Society, the Southbank Centre, Kings Place and the City of London Festival throughout 2010.

The booklet also gives the lists of other events taking place throughout the country. These include films and books based on the composer’s life and times. You can even view them online at

Poland’s main centres, including Warsaw, Krakow and Gdansk, are also all set to honour Chopin in 2010. Tour operators too have on the cards tailor-made trips and specialist holidays.

Acting Director of the Polish National Tourist Office in London Bogdan Becla says it is great that they are celebrating Chopin and his wonderful music in both Poland and the UK this year.

As a country they are very proud of Chopin and encourage anyone to visit Poland in 2010, as they celebrate the bi-centenary, he says.

Chopin was born in a small Polish village on March 1, 1810, to a father with French origins. He lived in Warsaw, Vienna and Paris.

In March, in Paris, a series of 15 recitals are being organized by Cité de la musique in the French capital and the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw. International pianists will be performing Chopin’s complete works in their original form. Acclaimed performers such as Pierre Goy and Nelson Goerner are expected to take part

The Austrian capital too is organizing an exhibition dedicated to the time Chopin spent in Vienna in 1829 and 1830-31 at the Vienna Haus der Musik from March 30 to April 30. The exhibit includes documents, photographs, posters and letters. Live concerts by students of the Vienna Conservatory and the Academy of Music in Kraków, Poland will also be held.

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