Chopin made his first two visits to the United Kingdom in 1837. He spent a few days in London with Camille Pleyel. Camille’s renowned and reputable family company “Pleyel et Cie” had manufactured Chopin’s favourite pianos.
It was August 1848, a little over a year before Chopin died. That year brought another wave of revolutions, the Spring of Nations, known in some countries the Springtime of the Peoples.
Poland was under the rule of Russia, Prussia and Austria at the time. There was a deep need to reinforce the Polish cause and the Polish people’s perennial dream of independence. Chopin’s music became the ideal ambassador for Poland and Polish culture.
Winds of change brought Chopin to the United Kingdom. It was exactly at that juncture that Chopin made his one and only visit to Manchester and thus began the unknown story of Mysterious Chopin in Manchester.