Concerts at St Martin's

Sunday, April 28, 2024, 5:00 PM

  • Sunday, April 28, 2024, 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, May 26, 2024, 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, June 30, 2024, 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, January 28, 2024, 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, February 25, 2024, 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, March 24, 2024, 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).

24 September 2023
Andrzej Białko – organ
Dmytro Holovenko (Ukraine) – guitar
Małgorzata Janicka-Słysz – introduction (in Polish)

29 October 2023
Marek Toporowski – organ, harpsichord
Katarzyna Czubek – oboe d’amore, recorder
Anna Woźniakowska – introduction (in Polish)

26 November 2023
Jacek Ozimkowski – bass
Jakub Woszczalski – organ
Mariusz Pędziałek – oboe
Małgorzata Pintal – introduction (in Polish)

17 December 2023
Hanna Zalewska – organ
Filip Konieczny – organ
Anna Sokołowska – recitation
Wojciech Marchwica – introduction (in Polish)

28 January 2024
Jacobus Gladziwa (Germany) – organ
Kantorei Sankt Barbara
Wiesław Delimat – conductor
Maciej Jabłoński – introduction (in Polish)

25 February 2024
Dorota Mentel – soprano
Iwona Sułkowska-Kozłowska – mezzo-soprano
Jadwiga Kowalska – organ
Wojciech Marchwica – introduction (in Polish)

24 March 2024
Collegium of Evangelical Music
Blanka Dembosz-Tondera – artistic direction
Bogusław Tondera – introduction (in Polish)

28 April 2024
Olha Sphynda (Ukraine) – organ
Adam Widziński – organ
Maria Erdman – clavichord
Dominika Micał – introduction (in Polish)

26 May 2024
Paulina Kucot – organ
Michał Kocot – organ
Elżbieta Gromada – viola
Maciej Negrey – introduction (in Polish)

30 June 2024
Michał Białko – organ
Miłosz Mączyński – guitar
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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