Kent

Tall ship retracing Chopin journey docks in Dover

A tall ship from Poland is visiting Kent as part of a trip that aims to retrace a journey by one of the world's greatest composers.

The Dar Mlodziezy, which is carrying the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, docked in Dover on Thursday.

Its visit to the UK is part of a European tour that follows a journey by Frederic Chopin in 1848.

The orchestra performed a concert at Dover Town Hall on Thursday evening.

The concert was organised by The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London and the Polish Cultural Institute.

The Dar Mlodziezy, which means "a gift of Polish youth", has made more than 100 voyages since it was launched in 1982.

'Landmark event'

It has already been to Copenhagen, Gothenburg and Oslo on its current trip and will sail to Boulogne once it leaves Dover.

People have been encouraged to visit the ship while it is docked at Prince of Wales pier in the town.

Chris Newey, of DFDS Seaways English Channel, which has backed the concert, said: "We are delighted to be part of a project which is bringing such renowned Polish culture to the people of Kent.

"The event will be a celebration of beautiful classical music, rich in the influences of Chopin, and we are looking forward to welcoming the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra to Dover for this landmark event."

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