Concerts at St Martin's

Sunday, April 30, 2023, 5:00 PM

  • Sunday, April 30, 2023, 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, May 28, 2023, 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, June 25, 2023, 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, February 26, 2023, 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, March 26, 2023, 5:00 PM

Concerts of early music in St Martin's Church, organised by the Polish Bach Society, are held once a month – usually on the last Sunday of the month. The performers playing at St Martin's are renowned artists as well as outstanding students of the Academy of Music in Kraków. Every concert is preceded by an introduction, bringing closer the concert's repertoire (in Polish).

25 September 2022, 6pm
Jadwiga Kowalska – organ
Jan Kalinowski – cello

30 October 2022, 6pm
Lllegiero Woodwind Trio (PNRSO reed trio)

27 November 2022, 6pm
Marek Toporowski – organ
Władysław Żeleński Music High School String Orchestra
Stanisław Krawczyński – conductor

18 December 2022, 6pm
Andrzej Białko – organ
Wojciech Marchwica – introduction (in Polish)

29 January 2023, 6pm
Adam Widziński – organ
early trumpet and bassoon consort of the K. Penderecki Academy of Music in Kraków
Maciej Jabłoński – introduction (in Polish)

26 February 2023, 6pm
Andrzej Zawisza – harpsichord
Anna Śliwa – Baroque violin
Małgorzata Janicka-Słysz – introduction (in Polish)

26 March 2023, 6pm
Collegium of Evangelical Music
Blanka Dembosz-Tondera – artistic direction

30 April 2023, 6pm
Paulina Tkaczyk-Cichoń – harpsichord
and guests
Dominika Micał – introduction (in Polish)

28 May 2023, 6pm
Michał Drabkowski – organ
Vocal Chamber Ensemble
Maciej Negrey – introduction (in Polish)

25 June 2023, 6pm
Sebastian Kuczyński – organ
Wawel Cathedral Choir
Andrzej Korzeniowski – conductor
Magdalena Chrenkoff – introduction (in Polish)

Other: free admission

St Martin's Church

ul. Grodzka 58

With its plain facade and austere, unornamented interior, this particular church inclines one to sink into reflection and prayer.

A baroque church was built in the 17th century for the Order of Discalced Carmelite Sisters and replaced an earlier, Romanesque one. Its diminutive size is rumoured to have been the result of a protest of the neighbouring Order of Poor Clares (operated by St Andrew’s) afraid that a greater structure would cast too much shadow over their estate.

Since the beginning of the 19th century, the church has remained in the hands of the Kraków Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession. The furnishing of the church, as required in Protestantism, is more than modest. The altar is graced by a painting of Christ Silencing a Storm by Henryk Siemiradzki, a leading representative of Polish academism. The Gothic crucifix (from 1380, one of the oldest depictions of crucified Christ in Kraków) hangs high above the altar. Transferred from the previous church, it is recognised as a miraculous object, and a legend endures of Christ speaking to one of the Carmelite Sisters. Leading to the church is a portal with a Latin inscription reading Frustra vivit, qui nemini prodest (In vain lives he who helps no one).

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