• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland


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  • 28 January 2015

    The Embassy of the Republic of Poland, in cooperation with Spiro Ark, hosted a Holocaust Memorial Day concert to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.



    The concert focused on composer Julian Dawes’ song-cycle ‘Songs of Ashes’ and was performed by a selection of the UK’s leading classical music talents.


    ‘Songs of Ashes’ is a setting of fifteen poems by Polish poet Jerzy Ficowski, which are seen as some of the most moving accounts of the Holocaust written by a non-Jew. Julian Dawes’ setting of these poems was premiered in 1992 and is dedicated to all those who suffered and died during the Holocaust. The same theme was the focus of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations across the globe. The poems set out to give a human face to the Holocaust, and Julian Dawes’s work symbolises every man’s right to live in a just world.


    The soloists in the concert were soprano Katherine Crompton, pianist Mitra Alice Tham, pianist Jo Ramadam and violinist Sophie Lockett.


    Spiro Ark, the co-host of the event, is a London-based charity, which organises Jewish cultural and educational events.

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