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Katarzyna Morawska has passed away...

Katarzyna Morawska, musicologist, died in Warsaw on 7 April 2020. She was a member of the Polish Composers' Union from 1965.

Throughout her professional life she was associated with the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences (1954-1995). From 1956 to 1967 she was the secretary of the editorial board of the "Dictionary of Polish Musicians". In 1972-1993 she was the deputy editor-in-chief and in 1993-1995 editor-in-chief of the 'Muzyka' quarterly.

Her research work was devoted to the music of the 14th-16th centuries, Polish and international, especially organ music, and the history of music historiography in Poland in early music research. Katarzyna Morawska was the author of source-documentary and lexicographic studies. She made, among others, transcription of the Jan z Lublina tablature. She wrote two volumes in the "History of Polish Music" series: The Renaissance. 1500-1600 (1994) and The Middle Ages. 1320-1500 (1998).

She lectured at the Academy of Catholic Theology (now the University of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński) in Warsaw (1970-1979) and the Jagiellonian University in Kraków (1972-1979).

She was awarded the Silver Cross of Merit and the honorary badge Meritorious Activist of Culture.

London Philharmonic Orchestra Young Composers Programme: Open Call for Polish Composers

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In partnership with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the Polska Music programme (AMI), the LPO Young Composers Programme offers the opportunity for one Polish composer to participate in the scheme.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra Young Composers programme offers emerging composers the opportunity to develop and workshop a new piece with the Orchestra's musicians across a year, leading to a public performance at a central London venue, showcasing the new works. In the 2020/21 season, the LPO is delighted to welcome Brett Dean as the programme’s Composer Mentor. The participant composers will work closely with the Composer Mentor across the year to develop their works in a series of seminars and workshops.

The final concert performance of the participants' works will take place in July 2021 at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.

The application deadline for Polish composers is 23.59 on Thursday 23 April 2020.

For any queries regarding this project please contact Julia Ablewska: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

More information at:https://iam.pl/en/202021-london-philharmonic-orchestra-young-composers-programme

Call for applications for the "Conductor-in-residence" programme

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The Institute of Music and Dance announces the call for applications for the "Conductor-in-residence" programme for the 2020/2021 season. The programme aims to develop performance skills and promote young Polish conductors as well as to increase the number of performances of Polish music.

The programme is addressed to Polish music institutions and to young Polish conductors – graduates of symphony and opera conducting for up to two years from receiving the master's or bachelor's degree. The programme is implemented through conducting residences in professional orchestras and opera and music theaters.

The scanned application, signed by an authorized person, should be sent with attachments by 15 May 2020 inclusive to the address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. It is not required to send a paper version of the application.

The deadline for the selection of applications by the evaluation committee is 1 June 2020. After this date, the list of projects approved by the commission will be announced on the Institute's website, and applicants of these projects will be informed of the positive decision in an official letter. If the pool of funds allocated to the programme edition in the 2020/2021 season is not exhausted, the Institute Director may further announce the second round of calls for proposals.

The budget of the programme edition in the 2020/2021 season is PLN 120,000.

Rules and regulations are available at: https://bit.ly/2XfZRO5 

Culture Online – the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage programme launched

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The Minister of Culture and National Heritage announced the foundations of the new support programme for artists, creators and institutions that, due to the ongoing epidemic, cannot carry out their artistic activity in its current form. "Culture Online" provide means to change the form of dissemination of creative activities or the presentation of its effects on electronic communication channels, primarily on the Internet. The programme budget is PLN 20 million. Applications can be submitted until 20 April 2020.

The "Culture Online" programme consists of two elements: the scholarship programme of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and the grant programme managed by the National Centre for Culture.

The scholarship programme is addressed to individuals, creators and artists, including musicians. Submitted projects may take the form of dialogue with or reference to the tradition and achievements of Polish and world cultural heritage, as well as the search for innovative solutions, both in terms of forms of expression and means of communication.

Non-governmental organizations and cultural institutions can apply for the National Centre for Culture grant programme. The funding will be granted for, among others, implementation of online workshops, webinars, online cultural events, sharing records of cultural events, creating websites or applications popularizing digital resources, creating audio-video publications. National institutions, institutions run or co-run by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, schools and art colleges are excluded from this form of funding.

More information at: https://bit.ly/34bZCVY

Stay at home with Tansman Philharmonic

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The Tansman Philharmonic platform is the richest and most comprehensive compendium of knowledge about Alexander Tansman and his achievements, not only in Poland but also in the world, enabling free access to the composer's chamber and orchestral works.

Tansman philharmonic is a new project to promote Polish and European cultural heritage, a platform for the presentation of unique artistic productions, a repository of knowledge about Aleksander Tansman's work and unknown pages of 20th century Polish music, with the participation of Tansman Festival stars, laureates of the Aleksander Tansman International Competition of Musical Personalities and the Tansman Award for Outstanding Musical Personality (including Elżbieta Chojnacka, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jan Krenz, and Jerzy Maksymiuk). The site offers access to hundreds of unique recordings, films, interviews, documents, museum exhibits as well as books, catalog publications and albums.

Find out more athttp://tansman.org.pl/

Baltic Opera in Gdańsk online

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The Baltic Opera building in Gdańsk is closed, but the opera is open online to music lovers: on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube channels.

If you can, stay in ... opera, but at home. Audiences have moved to the world of live streams and online archives, which quality of sound and image as well as transfer speed exceed expectations. We will not feel "the" atmosphere, we will not meet soloists and producers in the foyer, but the premiere can take place every day – in the living room or in the kitchen, free of charge.

The Baltic Opera invites viewers to discover the world of online opera: take a virtual tour of the Baltic Opera, solve puzzles and crosswords for the youngest, watch behind the scenes from opera premieres and photographs from premieres of works by Polish composers. While life performances are suspended, Jerzy Snakowski unfolds the opera secrets in the cycle "Opera Bistro".

The most interesting materials are available at:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OperaBaltycka/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/operabaltycka/ 
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk1u05ozzZWZH02v1NK4aqA 

#stayathome and create!

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A new unique piece of music is being created at the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic in Katowice by composers from Poland and abroad. It will be dedicated to the memory of Professor Krzysztof Penderecki. Music lovers themselves will be able to decide on the final shape of the composition.

The premiere performance will take place as soon as the musicians return to the concert hall, although an online version will also be released. A group of outstanding Polish and foreign composers joined the original action, undertaking new artistic activities in the time of isolation. This group include Enjott Schneider, Mikołaj Piotr Górecki, Marcel Chyrzyński, and Paweł Mykietyn. This is not a complete list, because there will be some surprises. The innovative composition will be published by PWM Edition, which is a co-organizer of the action.

The rule is simple. Each day, two alternative fragments of a new work will be presented on the Silesian Philharmonic Facebook profile. By online voting, everyone will be able to contribute to the decision: which one will be included in the final composition. Each subsequent week will belong to a different composer.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/zostanwdomu-i-tworz/  and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/filharmonia.slaska 

5th Piotr Perkowski Polish Composers' Competition

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The Foundation for Aid and Development of the Music School Complex in Toruń and the Karol Szymanowski Music School Complex in Toruń announce the 5th Piotr Perkowski Polish Composers' Competition.

The competition is intended for students of secondary music schools in Poland and for composers born not earlier than 17 August 1999. The subject of the Competition is to compose a work in the form of a tango for string orchestra and 3 percussionists The work will be perform by a school orchestra, so the level of difficulty must be appropriate for students of the secondary music school. Work duration: 4-7 minutes.

The competition will consist of two stages. In the first stage, the Jury will select compositions that will be performed during the final concert, which will take place on 14 December 2020 in the Concert Hall of the Music School Complex in Toruń. The performance of the selected works in the second stage will be followed by the announcement of the winners.

The following prizes will be awarded in each category: 1st prize – PLN 800, 2nd prize – PLN 500, 3rd prize – PLN 350. The first prize-winning work will be performed during a gala concert as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Music School Complex in Toruń in September 2021.

The deadline for submitting the scores is 17 August 2020.

Rules of the competition are available at: https://bit.ly/2WJuWcQ 

Szczecin Philharmonic online!

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Mieczysław Karłowicz in Philharmonic Szczecin invites you to online daily meetings with its musicians! Every morning the youngest listeneres will have a chance to participate in EduMornings, while afternoons and evenings will be devoted to various projects of the Orchestra released on the Philharmonic channels on YouTube and Facebook.

The Szczecin Orchestra is an ensemble with over 70 years of history. Since the 2016/2017 season it is run by the Norwegian conductor Rune Bergmann. Under his baton, the orchestra musicians has develop not only the skills to work in a large group, but also in smaller, chamber ensembles and as soloists. Musicians of the Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra have also taken part in "non-classical" projects: from educational concerts, through jazz performances, concerts with elements of traditional or electronic music, to forms of musical theatre.

As part of the cycle "EduMornings with the Philharmonic", the youngest music lovers and their parents will listen to songs and learn together how to sing and play them. Meetings with DoNuta, loved by children, will be continued.

The Philharmonic will remind music lovers of all its activities – those classical, presenting Polish contemporary music, but also special projects that the orchestra musicians have pursued over the past years. Each evening we will also meet them more privately, during interviews. Video reports on the institution's activities will be broadcast and photo galleries from the concerts will be made available online.

Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic will meet music lovers through its YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ7RqRSiL8J0A5mOLxZMTZg  and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FilharmoniaSZN/