06/01/2019 Sunday

BBC Symphony Orchestra to perform one concert in Poland

The BBC Symphony Orchestra will give its only concert in Poland on Jan. 6. Those in attendance at the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in the north-western city of Szczecin will have the opportunity to listen to Polish music played by British musicians.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra under Michał Nesterowicz will play "Polonia", a symphonic prelude by the English composer Edward Elgar, who includes in it quotations from the Polish national anthem, as well as pieces by Fryderyk Chopin and Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

The orchestra will also play Witold Lutosławski's Symphony No. 1, which took six years to compose and was completed in 1947, Paderewski's Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 17, and a composition commissioned by BBC from one of the most important Polish modern composers, Paweł Szymański.

This will be the only BBC Symphony Orchestra concert in Poland and the only one in Europe, whose programme includes only Polish music.