Forum Muzyki - National Music Forum

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1 plac Wolności, Wroclaw, Poland
www.nfm.wroclaw.pl - 71 715 97 00

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Kathrin_E Kathrin_E
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Forum Muzyki - National Music Forum Dec 04, 2015
Wrocław’s latest achievement in terms of culture is the large new concert hall, named Narodowe Forum Muzyki, National Forum of Music. This project was related to Wrocław’s year as Cultural Capital of Europe in 2016. The concert hall was opened in September 2015.

The building contains the main concert hall with 1800 seats, and three smaller halls for chamber music. The Forum has its own orchestra and choirs and organizes nine different festivals. Throughout the year they have a dense schedule of concerts: lasrge classical symphony concerts, chamber music, jazz, world music.

The website explains about the architecture:

"The NFM building was designed by Kuryłowicz & Associates Architecture Studio, selected through an international architectural contest. The architect was inspired by a musical instrument – its shape and the façade covering imitating timber resemble the body of a string instrument. The foyer, covered with black and white Corian, brings to mind the piano keyboard."

Source: http://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/en/new-venue/architecture-and-acoustics

To me, the building seen from the outside resembles a slightly squashed cardboard box. The foyers with their black reflecting walls and stone surfaces are rather cold and unwelcoming. The main hall with its wooden surfaces has a more pleasant appearance. The acoustics, however, and that’s the most important feature of a concert hall, are fa-bu-lous.

Before my Wrocław trip in December 2015 I checked the programme and found a concert in the great hall with Sinfonia Varsovia, a renowned orchestra from Warsaw, that looked most appealing. Under a Russian conductor they played pieces by two Polish composers, Jan Górecki and Krzysztof Penderecki, as well as a symphony by Jean Sibelius. The latter was part of the 150th anniversary of Sibelius and thus under patronage of the Finnish embassy. The Finnish ambassador in person opened the concert with a speech.

The concert was fantastic. Any superlative applies. From observing the conductor and his ways of communication with the orchestra, I am sure that they had lots of fun with him during the rehearsals!

I prebooked the ticket already from home through the website of Forum Muzyki. I started from the English version of the website, but through the process of registration and booking it all switched to Polish, and I was very proud of my limited Polish language skills when I coped with the booking and finally succeeded in printing a PDF file that looked like a ticket and was a ticket. Woohoo!

The price was amazingly cheap – 40 PLN for an excellent seat in the 5th row, front and center, which equals to 10 €. This was a steal for a concert of such quality. However, I assume that this was still an opening offer for the first months or maybe the first season. In the meantime the prices have doubled. But compared to other concert halls in the world, tickets are still very cheap. Their ambitions are high, the programmes are top notch. To lovers of classical music, I wholeheartedly recommend checking out in advance what Forum Muzyki are offering during their stay. In addition to classical concerts they are also doing jazz and world music events.
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Forum Muzyki, main hall
Forum Muzyki, main hall
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