The Polish Heritage Society in the United Kingdom
Save the date 27 March 2014 for a unique opera experience!
Prince Jozef Michal Poniatowski’s music will come to life on 27 March 2014
The long-forgotten Prince Jozef Michal Poniatowski, the great nephew of the last king of Poland, will be remembered in London on 27th March, 2014.
Poniatowski was born in Rome and entered the Tuscan Diplomatic service. He then became a naturalised French citizen and was appointed an Honorary Senator in 1871 in the Upper Chamber of the French Parliament by Napoleon III. After the Franco Prussian War when Napoleon, the last king of France, was exiled to England, Poniatowski followed him and they both settled in Chislehurst, Kent.
Prince Jozef Poniatowski was also a composer of opera in the Bel Canto style but his work is rarely performed and practically unheard of in England, although regularly played in both Italy and France. If you like opera and the works of Verdi and Puccini, you will enjoy the music of Poniatowski.
Poniatowski died in 1873 and was buried in St.Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Chislehurst. The Polish Heritage Society (PHS) recently rediscovered his grave in a very poor state and is currently planning the process of repairing it. This is a similar project to the repair of the Brompton Cemetery grave of the great Polish Chess Grandmaster Johan Zukertort, which PHS carried out last year.
The Polish Heritage Society will be bringing Poniatowski’s work to life in a unique concert of his arias, performed by a leading soprano from Poland who regularly appears on the international opera scene.
Please save the date: 27 March 2014
A formal invitation will follow when the final arrangements have been settled. Please note that there will be only a limited number of tickets available.
If you are interested, please send us your interest in attending this unique opera evening to :
"Pole Position" at Graves Gallery, Sheffield (11 January - 28 June 2014)
Created from the private collection of Matthew Bateson, Pole Position showcases 60 works by Polish artists forced to flee mainland Europe during the Second World War. Some of these artists journeyed through many countries before settling in the UK, while others were captured and imprisoned before finding their way to British shores.
The PHS has provided financial support for the exhibition, along with the Polish Embassy and the Polish Cultural Institute.
About the Polish Heritage Society
The Polish Heritage Society UK Ltd is a Registered Charity (No. 1143791) and exists to remember, record and propagate among the wider British public the contribution of Poles to our shared, common cultural and historical heritage within the United Kingdom.
Photographs © 2011 Mark Ostas. All rights reserved.