In commemoration of the centenary of Poland's regaining independence (1918-2018), the Friends of Chopin Australia have commissioned two pieces of new music. One from an Australian composer to reflect on the meaning of independence to those forced to leave their homeland and resettle in new lands. And one from a Polish composer to reflect on the meaning of independence to those who remained in their homeland while armies invaded or annexed, borders were lost, or were brought under the rule of an occupying state. The pieces were specially commissioned for the November Akademia held at the Polish White Eagle Club in Turner and received their Australian and World Premiers on 25 November.
This special commemorative concert was held under the honorary patronage, and in the presence of, His Excellency Mr Michał Kołodziejski, the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Australia. Other special invited guests included: Senator The Honourable Zed Sezelja, representing the Prime Minister of Australia The Honourable Scott Morrison; three members of the Polish Parliament Mrs Elżbieta Stępień Chair of the Polish-Australian Bilateral Group, Mr Grzegorz Długi Vice-Chair of the Polish-Australian Bilateral Group, and Mr Tomasz Latos Member of the Polish-Australian Bilateral Group; the Hon. Mr David Clarke MLC, Member of the NSW Legislative Council, and Parliamentary Secretary for Justice.
The pieces have also been recorded at the ANU School of Music and a limited number of CDs have been created to commemorate the centenary.