2015 Autumn Concert

The Performing Arts Centre at Redmaids’ School, the oldest continuously operating all-girls’ school in the country (from 1634), was the venue for our concert on a lovely autumn day.  We settled down for an afternoon of light classical and popular operatic music performed by some of the most talented young musicians in the area. They had been brought together by Angela Hickey, a leading local voice teacher who had a long and distinguished international singing career, appearing in many opera houses and concert halls all over the world including Poland (Warsaw and Łódz). Pianist Helen Reid played throughout, mostly as … Read more   

2014 Launching Our Book

Our book launch started when Co-Chairman, Chris Ottewell welcomed our guest of honour, The Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Faruk Choudhury. We were also delighted that Mary Prior, HM Lord Lieutenant of Bristol, and her husband were also able to attend along with Councillor Ian Boulton the Chairman of South Gloucestershire Council and Fr.Stefan Wylężek, Rector of the Polish Catholic Mission of England and Wales. Most importantly a large number of contributors, members and guests were able to participate. Chris introduced the guests and said a few words about the origins of the APS and the very long links between … Read more   

2013 “Poles Aloud”

“It was very enjoyable afternoon with good music, I particularly enjoyed zuchy, (it’s always nice to see children sing and dance) Katy, and Górale with Ania were very good, and it was good to meet with friends.” “The best value annual cultural event in the West of England.” “Great to see the 8 to 80+ age groups all having fun together!” “With the addition of Polish drinks and food it’s turning into an annual Polish Festival – Fantastic!” “Katy Carr was the highlight of the evening captivating the audience with her songs and stories.” “A thoroughly enjoyable event with something … Read more   

2012 Stanislav Antonévich Recital

“Better than Nigel Kennedy”; “I wouldn’t have missed it for the world”; “Brilliant”; these were just three of the things members of the select audience at Siston Court said to me after Stanislav finished his recital on Sunday evening. Given that our members know a thing or two about music I need say no more about the quality of playing. The program was perfectly selected to match the audience as well, with a mixture of classical and jazz works to suit all tastes. All too soon it was over. However, a rousing ovation persuaded Stanislav to return and play a … Read more   

2012 Katy Carr’s Anglo Polish Society Concert

Czuwaj! I was pleased to attend the recent concert by Katy Carr and the Aviators, and the short film “Kazik and the Kommander’s Car” held at the Polish Ex-Combatants Association Club, on behalf of the County Commissioner for Avon Scouts, Mr. Dan Wood. Although prior to the event I had taken the opportunity to watch some of the documentary, I was still unprepared for the raft of emotions during the evening. As Katy interviewed Kazik, he took us all on a journey – from happier times as a young man, through to the invasion of Poland by the Germans until … Read more