Krakow roofscape (photo: Ludwig Schneider from Wikimedia Commons)

23–26 October 2014

THE SCRATCH® KRAKOW CRESCENDO

‘The Armed Man’ in Poland

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Come with us to the beautiful city of Krakow, Poland’s cultural capital, which miraculously escaped the devastation inflicted on other Polish cities during the Second World War. St Catherine’s Church, the venue for our concert, is a splendid building in High Gothic style situated in the Kazimierz district which will seem very familiar to anyone who has seen the film Schindler’s List. This will be an evocative trip, with the opportunity to visit not only the extraordinary salt mines at Wieliczka, where salt has been mined continuously since the 13th century, but also to make the journey to Auschwitz which lies some 30 miles to the west of Krakow.

Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace seemed a fitting work to sing here, where memories of war and man’s inhumanity to man lurk behind the beautiful buildings and breathtaking scenery. Brian Kay, Principal Conductor of The Really Big Chorus, will conduct. As usual, those who don’t want to return to the UK the day after the concert can elect to stay on for further exploration and sight-seeing.

Our trip to Dubrovnik in 2009 to sing this heartfelt work sold out very quickly: we suggest you click on the link (above) to the bookings page and send off for the full brochure straight away.

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