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MANCHESTERCONCERT

News of Chopin’s magnificent performance spread fast. Word of mouth was by no means the most crucial factor. Despite that, an advertisement appeared in the Manchester Guardian on 9 August 1848.

The concert took place at Manchester’s Gentlemen’s Concert Hall, which was the place used by the Gentlemen’s Concert Society established in Manchester 1777. 

Unfortunately the building was demolished in 1887-1898, so we must currently switch on our creative mode to imagine the magnificent architectural beauty of this venue.  

Today the astounding building of the Midland Hotel stands at this point.

The official announcement of the event addressed potential guests in these words:

“Directors of the Concert Hall beg to announce to the Subscribers, that a DRESS CONCERT has been fixed for Monday the 28th of August next, for which the following Performers have been engaged: – Signora Alboni, Signora Corbari, Signor Slavi, and Mons. Chopin”. 

The concert was in two parts:

First Part: Andante and Scherzo

Second Part: Nocturne, Etudes et Berceuse

The piano played by Chopin during his concert in Manchester was the Broadwood Patent Repetition Grand Pianoforte No. 17047 (London, 1847). The instrument has a rosewood case, veneered on laminated oak, and is now owned by the Royal Academy of Music, on permanent loan to the Cobbe Collection Trust.  

Chopin was widely known for carefully choosing the pianos he used to play. The mentioned Broadwood Piano was apparently chosen with the companionship of Jane Stirling. 

The Manchester concert was unique, bearing in mind that it gathered the largest audience for which Chopin ever performed.

The public was amazed by the miniscule precision of Chopin’s creativity.