To commemorate the 17th October, the day Chopin died, the Friends of Chopin Australia instigated a memorial lecture to honour his memory. The lecture entitled Lacrimosa dies illa – what weeping will be on that day is an opportunity to discuss in some detail his final days, death, funeral and burial. The lecture explores his illness, cause of death, the reaction of the French and Polish press, his tomb, other monuments and the fascinating story of what happened to his heart to the present day.
The illustrated lecture uses contemporary accounts and is accompanied by his choice of music performed during his funeral service, including Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D minor, K.626, Chopin’s Preludes and Marche funebre.
The memorial lecture recreates the events and puts the audience into the shoes of someone close to Chopin.
The Friends of Chopin Australia is run by professionals who volunteer their time in various capacities according to the needs of the organisation or the events being held.
We are currently seeking anybody with an interest or skills in fundraising, particularly in regards to managing grant applications. We are also looking for people with web design or development skills, and people with promotional or event management skills.
If your interest are more academically inclined and would be interested in assisting with the Friends research activities, please let us know. Take a look at our Research page to see our current activities.
If you are not in Canberra, we would still like to hear from you. Particularly if you are interested in holding events under the Friends banner in our city.
Otherwise, if you would like to be involved in helping the Friends with their events in Canberra (catering, ticketing, greeting, setting up, advertising o promotion) we would love to hear from you.
Please use the below form to let us know you are interested.