The 11th of November in most European Countries is a day of sombre and dignified remembrance of those, who lost their lives in the two Great Wars. In Poland it is more than that. It is a day of joy and pride as our country, after 123 years of partitions, oppressed and deprived of freedom, at last gained independence in 1918. So, for us, the end of the First World War is truly significant and is always a reason for even greater celebrations.
The anniversary of this poignant date was beautifully reflected in a concert performed by The Retro Singers, which took place at Antokol. This group, formed in 2019, consists of artists born in Poland who are living and working in the UK. Their interest lies in music from the wonderful era “in between the two Great Wars”.
Mariola Świetlicka (singer), Agnieszka Wasilewska-Korczakowska (singer and violinist), Kris Louis Siemiński (singer), Marek Korczakowski (pianist), gave a truly splendid performance, weaving in patriotic songs amongst more light-hearted music. They were introduced by TV presenter and journalist Zofia Czernicka, and the whole lovely afternoon was filmed by TV Polonia.
Oh, what a great time we had! Our residents (both Polish and English), their carers, guests, families, and friends of Antokol, all enjoyed every moment of this wonderful afternoon. The Polish residents were especially moved, as they remembered all these songs, from the years when they were young. The words were translated to our English residents and their families, and this was very much appreciated. We sang and swayed and if we could, we would have even danced! We ended with the Polish National Anthem – how very fitting.
What can I say!? Antokol never ceases to surprise and charm! Thank you for this uplifting event.