Eddy Hackett

Percussionist

Polski

Between February and April I was working on and off with the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic in Poland. Wroclaw (or Breslau, as it was once known), is a really extraordinary place - on the western edge of Poland and with many buildings dating back to Medieval Times, was completely ruined after WW2. There's a picture of the main square of Wroclaw after the war, and it's almost entirely rubble. The people then meticulously restored the city to it's former glory and it is now regarded as the most beautiful city in Poland. It's well worth a visit!

It's got an incredible feel to it; full of indie restaurants, coffee shops, bars (there's a big micro brew scene there!) and is buzzing with students from the local university. There's also a thriving cultural scene - I counted 19 theatres on one map! The cultural crown jewel is the NFM hall, which was opened in 2015 and home to the orchestra I'm on trial with. I have to say that it's one of the best acoustics I've ever played in, and the orchestra was fantastic! I really enjoyed playing 3 different projetcts there: West Side Story, Mahler 5 and a new commison by Polish composer Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil called Assisi. Here's a few pics below...

 

© Eddy Hackett, 2017