The Friends submitted an application to become members of the International Federation of Chopin Societies (IFCS) on 16 January 2015. Our application was reviewed by the Board of the IFCS at their meeting in Toruń (Poland) on 16 May this year. Our application included references from the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Canberra, the ANU School of Music, the Polish Community Council of Australia, the Council of Polish Organisations in the ACT and the Australian Institute of Polish Affairs, as well as background information on the Friends and information on our activities, including the Australian International Chopin Piano Competition. Our application was succesful and the Friends were notified of admission on 19 May 2015.
Membership means we are included on the IFCS website (www.ifcs.pl), can publish our activities in the Federation’s annual magazine Chopin in the World, attend meetings and use their logo on our publications. This provides an international profile for the Australian activities around Chopin, and the Friends will gain better access to eminent pianists, conductors and composers, musicologists and other public figures.
Acceptance of the Friends into the IFCS is a significant event. We are not the first Chopin society in Australia to become a member of this august body, but currently we are the only Australian Chopin society that is a member.
The Friends holds a few back issues of the IFCS publication 'Chopin in the World', and if you would like to view a copy please contact Wanda Horky through the 'Contacts' tab on this website. A new issue of 'Chopin in the World' will be available in October, and the Friends of Chopin Australia have had their first article published in this edition.