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6th International Composition Compteition "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta: Hommage à Krzysztof Penderecki"

SC The Orchestra of the Royal Capital City of Krakow – Sinfonietta Cracovia announces the 6th International Composition Competition "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta: hommage à Krzysztof Penderecki", dedicated to the memory of Maestro associated with the Orchestra from the very beginning of its existence.

Competition is aimed to promote young composers and to broaden the repertoire for string orchestra. The subject of the Competition is an original piece entitled Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta: Hommage à Krzysztof Penderecki for a string orchestra and percussion (max. ensemble formation 6-5-4-4-1 / perk. 3). Duration of the piece must be from 7 to 12 minutes. Entry into the competition is open to all composers under 40 years of age. Each participant can submit no more than two compositions.

Materials for the Competition in the form of digital files should be sent via the online Application Form, which is available at: http://tiny.cc/sinfonietta. Sending any materials / documents in paper form is neighter required nor allowed. Application deadline is 30 June 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

The function of the Honorary Chairwoman of the Competition's Jury is held by Mrs. Elżbieta Penderecka. The Competition's jury consists of recognized experts in the field of composition: Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa, Eugeniusz Knapik, Marcel Chyrzyński and Jurek Dybał.

The Competition's prize consist of a premiere performance of the winning composition Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta: Hommage à Krzysztof Penderecki during the Sinfonietta Festival in Kraków, including its professional audio-video recording and other performances of the piece during the 2020/2021 concert season. Due to pandemic of the coronavirus the Organizer reserves the right to change the form of the Competition's prize.

Information about the winners and prize-awarded compositions will be published on the Organizer's website: www.sinfonietta.pl no later than 7 July 2020.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Open Call: "The Science of Fiction"


The "Science of Fiction" competition, organized on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Lem in 2021, is an opportunity to cooperate with one of the most important ensembles of new music. Two Polish composers have a chance to take part in a workshop with Klangforum Wien in Austria next year and hear a premiere of their own work performed by the emsmble at a special concert dedicated to Lem's memory.

The project is directed at composers with Polish citizenship, born after 1 January 1979. The prize for the two selected composers will be the commission from IAM for a work for the Klangforum Wien ensemble, whose maximum composition is: flute, oboe, 2 clarinets, bassoon, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, 2 trombones, 3 violins, viola, 2 cellos, double bass, 2 percussions, piano, accordion, and harp; duration 7-10 minutes; based on a contract concluded between IAM with each of the composers; amount of remuneration PLN 30,000 gross. Klangforum Wien will organize rehearsals and workshops for each of the composers and will ensure their participation in the ensemble's concert in one of the European countries (outside Poland) in 2021. IAM will cover the costs of travel in Europe and accommodation related to the participation of each composer in rehearsals and workshops, as well as a concert.

In order to participate in the project, you should send an electronic submission containing recordings of your own work(s) (in mp3 format) and a short written statement explaining your interest in working with Klangforum Wien.

The application deadline is 23.59 on 1 July 2020. Applications should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Rules and regulations are available at: https://iam.pl/pl/zmierz-sie-z-geniuszem-stanislawa-lema-i-skomponuj-utwor-dla-klangforum-wien 

"Mobile in Culture": open competition organised by the Culture Office

Mobilni w Kulturze

President of the Capital City Warsaw announces an open competition of offers for the implementation of a public task in 2020 in the field of culture, art, protection of cultural goods and national heritage, and invites to send offers by 8 May 2020.

It is an open competition of offers for non-governmental organizations, which goal is to support the development of the potential of Warsaw's cultural environments and the competences of cultural staff in accordance with the Culture Development Programme until 2020 ("Creation and People" area) and #Warsaw2030 strategy, in particular such operational objectives like: 2.2. We spend free time close to home and 4.1 We develop our creative potential. The support system will concern cultural, educational and dissemination activities (also on the Internet), creation of creative concepts and development of competences related to cultural activities implemented by natural persons on the basis of individual proposals.

A programme operator, selected during the competiton, will commission natural persons – artists, animators, curators, educators – to implement:

• concepts of actions, cultural activities, works, events, projects, also online; concepts of competence development;

• concepts regarding the professional reorientation of artists, performers, organisers, educators, animators, and cultural researchers.

The operator will be able to present the effects of the programme online. The programme is designed for at least 100 people. The city allocated PLN 1 million for this purpose.

Rules and regulations are available at: https://bit.ly/3eG8FTV 

Zielona Góra | Bel canto

ZGThe Tadeusz Baird Philharmonic in Zielona Góra invites you to a unique online concert of chamber works by Polish composers, which will be broadcast on 5 May 2020 at 7.00 p.m.

The concert will be performed by soprano Marzanna Rudnicka – soloist of the Chamber Opera in Warsaw and the Baltic Opera in Gdańsk, and pianist Ryszard Zimnicki. The programme will feature songs from Stanisław Moniuszko's Songbook for Home Use, including A Little Flower, Spring, Converted Woman, Kitten, Field Rose, as well as pieces by Fryderyk Chopin and Karol Szymanowski.

Marzanna Rudnicka graduated with honours from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw in the class of Prof. Magdalena Bojanowska. Then she perfected her vocal skills at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels. She obtained a PhD in vocal performance at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. He is an adjunct at the Institute of Music of the University of Zielona Góra. She has performed in Europe, the United States, Canada, Japan, Israel and Lebanon. In 2005 she was awarded the Silver Cross of Merit by the President of the Republic of Poland.

The concert will be broadcast on the Philharmonic website: www.filharmoniazg.pl

Ewa Szczecińska invites!


The next episode of the "Nocturne" programme on 4 May 2020 at 11:00 p.m., hosted by Ewa Szczecińska on Dwójka - Polish Radio Channel 2, will be devoted to Polish contemporary vocal works.

Excellent Polish soprano Joanna Freszel will be the guest of the programme (by phone). We will listen to the works from her latest album, the Polish songbook, recorded with pianist Łukasz Chrzęszczyk. The selection will include copositions by Aleksander Kościów (Four Haikus) and Cezary Duchnowski (Wściekłość to the text by Elfride Jelinek in the Polish translation of Karolina Bikont).

In addition, the programme will feature Paweł Mykietyn's Ładnienie to the poem by Marcin Świetlicki performed by Jerzy Artysz, Agata Zubel's Cascando, which received a recommendation at the International Rostrum of Composers, and Paweł Szymański's 3 Songs to words by Trakl performed by Zubel, as well as songs of the daughter of Henryk Wieniawski, Irene Poldowski, performed by Barbara Kinga Majewska.

Both "Nocturnes" and "New Poland" programmes can be heard on Dwójka's website: https://www.polskieradio.pl/8/740 and https://www.polskieradio.pl/8,Dwojka/8315,Nowa-Polska.

Online premiere of Aleksandra Garbal's "Last words of Angels and Human Hearts before the End of Time"


The latest work by Aleksandra Garbal entitled The Last Words of Angels and Human Hearts before the End of Time will be premiered online at 3 May 2020 at 7.00 p.m. at the Church of Saint Catherine in Toszek website and YouTube channel.

The work was written on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the Novena to Our Lady of Toszek to the texts of Marian prayers from around the world, including those by St. Pope John Paul II, Pope Leo XIII, Pope Francis, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, blessed Natalia Tułasiewicz, Maria Nowak-Kowalska, Kornelia Czogalik and Father Antoni Dębiński. The composition was recorded by the composer, her family and friends from various continents of the world.

The composer, pianist and harpsichordist Aleksandra Garbal is a graduate of the Music Academy in Katowice and the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. She has won a number of awards at piano and composition competitions. among others the second prize at the Tadeusz Baird Composition Competition and the first prize at the Ryszard Bukowski Composition Competition. He is a member of the Polish Composers' Union, Polish Society of Contemporary Music and ZAiKS Authors' Association.

Gdańsk | Online carillon concerts on 1, 2, and 3 May!

The carillon of the Gdańsk Main Town Hall together with a group of trumpets will join the celebration of the upcoming holidays and anniversaries at the beginning of May. Carillon concerts are a joint initiative of the City of Gdańsk, the Gdańsk Museum and musicians of Tubicinatores Gedanenses. They will be held live on 1 May 2020 at 5.00 p.m., 2 May at 12.05 p.m., and 3 May at 1.00 p.m. and streamed online on the website https://www.gdansk.pl/ and on the "Gdańsk Carillons – Gdańsk Museum" Facebook profile.Carillony

The most important holidays and anniversaries always fall at the beginning of May. This year we are also celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven. According to the Gdańsk tradition, carillon concerts with trumpet players will be held to celebrate these occasions. Concerts of wind instruments refer to the Gdańsk tradition of tower music, the so-called "Turmmusik", practiced from the 15th to the beginning of the 20th century. Carillon music accompanies the most important city celebrations from 1561, when the first carillon was mounted on the tower of the Main Town Hall. Both groups joined forces only in the nineteenth century. Today, the concerting tradition is continued by musicians from the Tubicinatores Gedanenses ensemble (Gdańsk trumpet players) and the city carillonist Monika Kaźmierczak from the Gdańsk Museum, which has a tower instrument consisting of 37 bells with a total weight of approx. 3,5 tons. The smallest bell  "Saint Adalbert  weighs 6 kg, and the largest  "Solidarity"  628 kg.

The concerts will feature Beethoven's works, including Ode to joy, Polish patriotic songs – the Polish anthem Mazurek Dąbrowskiego, Mazurek 3 Maja, and Witaj majowa jutrzenko by Rajnold Suchodolski, as well as compositions by Emil Miszek, a member of Tubicinatores Gedanenses and a winner of the Fryderyk Academy Award.

More information at: https://bit.ly/35gTjkz 

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Independence Day Concert and #singtheanthemwithTOS finale!


Toruń Symphony Orchestra invites you to unique online events – the Independence Day Concert, which will be streamed on social media on 2 May 2020 at 6.00 p.m., and the final of the action #singtheanthemwithTOS! on 3 May 2020 at 12.00 p.m.

The events will take place on the occasion of the Flag Day of the Republic of Poland and the 3 May Constitution Day.

The concert hosted by Anna Morawska will feature works by Fryderyk Chopin, Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Karol Lipiński as well as songs referring to the history of Poland, including Święta miłościHej, Orle Biały, performed by Gidaszewska / Łaguniak Duo, pianists Magdalena Bazylko, Karolina Sekuła and singers Urszula and Krystian Psujek. 

TosThe final of the #singtheanthemwithTOS action will take place on the 3 May Constitution Day, featuring the online premiere of a video composed of recordings of Mazurek Dąbrowski sent from all over Poland.

The materials will be available to watch on: Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

Music 2020 – final results


On 27 April 2020, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage published a list of successful appeals in the "Music" programme, operated by the Institute of Music and Dance.

The aim of the programme is to support projects that promote tradition and the most outstanding achievements of the centuries-old heritage of Polish music culture, as well as projects focused on creating new values ​​and searching for original means of artistic expression. The programme's tasks include supporting projects implemented primarily outside the standard framework of the ongoing activity of applicants.

As part of the appeal procedure, the Minister approved 78 applications. In 2020, the "Music" programme will finance 216 projects for a total amount of PLN 23 073 398.

A full list of applications is available on the website of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in the "Programmes of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage 2020 – Music" and on the website of the Institute of Music and Dance in the section "Documents to dowload".