On Sunday, 11th November 2018, Poland celebrates 100 years of its return to the map of Europe. For more than 123 years, until 1918, the country had existed only in the hearts and minds of Poles living under the domination of its partitioning neighbours - Russia, Prussia and Austria. To celebrate this most important of Polish Jubilees, a special concert will be held at the Royal Albert Hall.
Organised by the Relief Society for Poles Trust the evening will feature some of Poland's finest artists - Edyta Górniak, Ania Jeruc, Anna Maria Jopek, Aleksandra Kurzak, Anna Wyszkoni, Kuba Badach, Sebastian Karpieł-Bułecka, Lombard, Leszek Możdżer, Marek Ruszczynski, Stanislaw Sojka and Tadeusz Woźniak.
There will be music by Chopin, Paderewski and Górecki. Richard Addinsell's sublime 'Warsaw Concerto' will be played by pianist John Paul Ekins. Songs from the Solidarity era, as well as contemporary songs, will also be featured.
The Silesian Polytechnic Choir, Ave Verum Choir, Schola Cantorum choir and the St John Paul II choir will collaborate on the night to collectively sing a medley of Poland's finest wartime compositions - including the iconic 'Red Poppies on Monte Cassino.'
The Mazury Dance Company will give a uniquely choreographed performance of traditional Polish folklore dance. Choirs representing Polish Saturday Schools and the Scouting Movement will also contribute their youthful accent to the evening's celebration. Their repertoire will feature a version of Barka - St John Paul II's favourite hymn, and Mary, Did you Know sung in Polish!
The London Gala Orchestra will be directed by the renowned conductor Stephen Ellery. Hosts for this once in a lifetime evening, will be Kasia Madera and Grazyna Torbicka.
All l profits will be going to Polish charities. Tickets went on sale on Monday 29th January 2018. Half of them have already been sold, so if you would like to attend - better book soon -
online - Royal Albert Hall Box Office: www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/events/2018/koncert-sto-lat/
or telephone: 0207 589 8212