Martin in Gatineau Park - 2018

Martin in Gatineau Park - 2018

Friday, 14 October 2011

Chopin in Manchester

Chopin - Deansgate, Manchester 
I couldn’t help but notice this rather fine statue near the junction of Brazennose Street and Deansgate last Friday, when I was pottering along on my way to lunch at the Old Grapes with a former colleague.

 Fryderyk Chopin

I though it was rather jolly.  Well done, those responsible.

Chopin - detail from the Deansgate sculpture

This link gives a fuller story – the statue was apparently unveiled on 16 September 2011.  Here’s an excerpt from a news bulletin at the time:

The 2.5 metre wide statue, a stylised bronze of the composer seated at the piano, was created by Polish sculptor, Robert Sobocinski. The bronze – the largest statue of Chopin outside Poland includes material dating from 1831, the year of the November Uprising by Poles against the Russian Empire.

“We are very proud to see this striking monument to one of Poland’s greatest sons here in the heart of one of Britain’s greatest cities, which has been home to many Poles over the years,” said Andrzej  Person, Chairman of the Polish Senate Committee for Migration and Polish Diaspora Abroad.

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