Lady Rose Cholmondeley Charity Concert
Lady Rose Cholmondeley, chair of the Chopin Society, will be hosting a fundraising event for the Irena Sendler Award. It will include a concert, auction, raffle and canapees and wine.
The Irena Sendler Award For Improving the World
The Irena Sendler Award is granted annually to Polish citizens who have worked to preserve Jewish heritage and foster Jewish cultural renewal in Poland. It was established in 2008 by Tadeusz Taube and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture to commemorate Irena Sendler, who passed away on 12th May of that year at the age of ninety-eight.
Declared a Righteous Among the Nations by Israel’s Yad Vashem, Irena Sendler rescued two thousand fve hundred Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto in Nazi-occupied Poland, refusing to reveal their identities even under torture when arrested by the Nazis. Her heroic actions went largely unnoticed until almost 15 years ago, when Kansas schoolchildren produced a play about her that was performed in the United States and Poland.
Irena Sendler’s story was mostly unknown in Britain until Lili Pohlmann raised its awareness and brought it to wider attention.
In 2003 a campaign was launched in an effort to have her considered for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Nominations for the Irena Sendler Award are reviewed by a panel made up of Taube Foundation advisory board members and leaders of the Jewish community in Poland.
Lady Rose Cholmondeley
Lady Rose Cholmondeley studied at the Royal College of Music and later with Angus Morrison, Louis Kentner and Sulamita Aronovsky in London, and Constantin Schmaeling in Paris. In London she has given recitals at the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall, the Polish Embassy, Polish Institute, French Institute and Leighton House. She has toured India and given recitals in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany.
Her interest in the music of Chopin ofen takes her to Poland, where she has toured the country several times, also giving recitals at Chopin’s birthplace, Żelazowa Wola, and the Ostrogski Castle, home of the Chopin Museum in Warsaw, the Sandomierz Festival and the prestigious Antonin Chopin Festival. She has also performed Chopin’s E minor piano concerto in Kraków with the Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra under Jerzy Maksymiuk. In 2010 (the bicentenary of Chopin’s birth) Rose performed for the Chopin Society in London, in the Chopin Academy in Warsaw, in the South of France, on the Chopin Pleyel at Hatchlands Park, and in other venues in England. That Autumn she gave concerts in the USA with Charles Grant reading Chopin’s letters, for the English Speaking Union in Chicago, Memphis, New Orleans and Orlando.
More recently she opened the frst Malpas Festival in Cheshire, performed at a Chopin Festival in Tunbridge Wells and gave recitals in the Conservatoire Rachmaninoﬀ, Paris, the Bibliotecka Śląska in Katowice, Polish Embassy and Westminster Cathedral Hall in London, the Nohant Festival in France, and in Valldemossa, Majorca, at a concert celebrating the 175th anniversary of Chopin and George Sand’s visit. Rose Cholmondeley is President of The Chopin Society UK. She is a Steinway Artist, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, and a Freeman of the City of London.
In 1999 the President of The Republic of Poland awarded her The Knight’s Cross of The Order of Merit, and in 2011 she received the Gold “Gloria Artis” medal awarded by the Polish Minister of Culture. In 2015 the Polish Ambassador presented her with the “Bene Merito” medal. Recent recital were given in the Athenaeum Club, Pall Mall and as part of the International Concert Series at Rudolph Steiner Hall.
Date: 23 November 2017
Time: 7 p.m. for 7:30 p.m.
Member Ticket Price: £ 30 including canapees and wine.
Non-member Ticket Price: £ 40 including canapees and wine.
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