Royal Chamber Orchestra

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Royal Chamber Orchestra
4.5
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Monday
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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St. Adalbert's - CONCERTS ARE ORGANIZED EVERY DAY 6:00 P.M. At St. Adelbert's church, the oldest church in on Krakow, by four graduates of the Krakow Academy of Music.
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megustapinchitos
17 contributions
The need for speed
Sep 2019
Tourist information office shared flyers stating a wrong venue so we ended up behind a closed church door. After doing a quick web search we found the correct location and had to hurry across the town and made it just in time. They don't accept cards but luckily we had exactly the amount needed to be let in. The program was easy enough. My wife's family would recognize most of them - if played with an accordion. We are no classical music experts, but I would argue that playing Vivaldi's Spring with a tempo of the Flight of the Bumblebee is not the way to show off your virtuosity. Also as the arrangements were short and often seemed to be cut off abruptly, to foremost impression was that the musicians were paid by the number of pieces played, not by the time. That impression was fortified by the fact that the musicians were out on the street faster than my wife and I although we half ran to pick up the glass of free wine promised us at a collaborating restaurant. The performance comprising of 15 works lasted 45 minutes.
Written September 24, 2019
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Thank you for sharing your feedback. We consider every opinion of our guests, including negative ones. We will forward your suggestion to the musicians. Also sorry for the mistake of the information office. We'll make sure that the error is removed.
Written September 24, 2019
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JeremyAzzopardi2007
Malta125 contributions
Great Value and Excellent Music!
Jul 2019 • Family
We attended this performance yesterday evening. Not many people attended the concert, but this made the musicians connect more with the audience. The lead 1st Violinist was especially good, utilizing his violin to do some very cool tricks. The concert itself was very good playing some classical and film music. The setting is also nice with lots of paintings surrounding the walls.

At €15 per person, I fully recommend this and will be returning (if in Krakow again) for the second part of the program.
Written July 18, 2019
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Thank you for your review and recommendation. We hope to see you soon again i Krakow :)
Written August 21, 2019
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Alexandra H
2 contributions
Very disappointed
Jun 2019 • Solo
I've never been driven to write a review as far as I can remember, but I've also never left a concert livid before. There's a first for everything. I was fresh off of a series of WONDERFUL concerts in Vienna and Barcelona and very excited to see another in the lovely city of Krakow.

The ensemble is advertised as the "Royal Chamber Orchestra," an ensemble credited for "excellent taste" and "perfect technique" (according to the program).

The musicians sat down to tune abd all their instruments were out-- it was clear that they were not warmed up or prepared to perform. Although now aware of the fact that they were not a professional quartet, I was willing to overlook that and enjoy the music regardless.

What I was treated to was a pathetic exercise in self adulation by the first violinist, Kamil Skicki. The least of my complaints were that loud does not equal good, and that baroque music is not romantic; Bach should not incorporate glissando. He had a strong hold on false harmonics, if that gives you an idea. Skicki put on quite the show, using his platform to wow audiences with cheap tricks, soak up the spotlight, and relied on gimmicks to cover his technical inadequecies.

If that's the kind of show one chooses to attend that is perfectly fine. The key concept is CHOICE. What angered me the most was the false advertising. I was settling in for a fine chamber concert, not a perversion of several classical standards.

A waste of 16 €. The program notes that "visiting Krakow and not listening to his performance is a sin." I'd like to counter with the simple idea that charging for a performance like that was the original sin.
Written June 27, 2019
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Hey Alexandra Thank you. I acknowledge you for who you are and I accept the way you think. No point in straightening a banana. This concert is for people with adaptive mindset, open for experience. You did not like the concert, Ok not everybody has to. Why didn't you exit at the beginning and get a refund? Every other listener stood up at the end as yesterday we had another standing ovation. Yes I know, I totally agree with you. It was outrageous, people standing up and shouting "encore" after a concert like this. They obviously did not go to the same concerts in Vienna or in Barcelona as you. (I performed in Musikverein and in Palau de la Música also with standing ovations, but I don't really care about that) Clearly you are more sophisticated than the rest of the world. "Skicki put on quite the show, using his platform to wow audiences with cheap tricks, soak up the spotlight, and relied on gimmicks to cover his technical inadequecies" Love you for that one. Yes! I self adulate, I am also cocky and audacious, comes with the territory I guess. Have a great life, love it, and savor it. I respect you and wish you all the best from the deepest depths of my heart. Kamil Skicki, First Violinist & proud master of pathetic exercising in self adulation.
Written June 28, 2019
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alancatchpool
Somerset, UK19 contributions
Krakow Square - String Quartet a must see
Mar 2019 • Couples
Unfortunately due to the time of year this String Quartet wasn’t being held in the small church in Krakow Square due to the temperature. They were relocated to a small building / room a short walk away (5mins). Still off of the square.
I have never seen a string quartet before as I didn’t think it would be my sort of thing. But I couldn’t be more wrong. The hour performance was fantastic. They played a mixture of classical music and music from well know movies.
We went on Saturday as the Friday evening performance didn’t go ahead. We were do impressed we wanted to see them perform a different set on Sunday but didn’t get back in time from a prebooked tour.
My wife thoroughly enjoyed it and it was amazing value for money.
Please don’t miss this you won’t be disappointed.
We saw a bigger more expensive performance on Sunday and we both preferred this one.
*****
Written March 27, 2019
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Thank you for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed the concert!
Written August 21, 2019
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JJS1983
Rutherglen, UK98 contributions
A great way to spend an hour
Mar 2019 • Friends
Good value for money and the quartet were brilliant and played many songs from a varied repertoire.
Only down side was the concert was not in St Aldabert’s church on the main square but 5 min walk away at the Chopin gallery. It was too cold for the recital in the church which was a pity as the venue looked beautiful.
We still enjoyed the recital and I’d recommend to book a ticket as it was well worth the money.
Written March 19, 2019
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Thank you for the review!
Written August 28, 2019
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK609,090 contributions
Great venue .
Jan 2019 • Friends
One of the most unique concerts of classical music your likely to experience by a group of very talented musicians who will change your perception of classical music,great entertainment, a fabulous experience and the unique setting of the Church Of St Adalbert, the beautiful 11th century church that predates the Main Market Square ( Rynek ) .
Pre booking is essential, a great experience ,The Royal Chamber Orchestra will entertain you ,we really enjoyed our visit here and will most definitely return here again when we are next back in this most beautiful of cities.
Written January 26, 2019
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Thank you, we are glad that you enjoyed our concert!
Written August 28, 2019
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Frigyiklaszlo
Budapest, Hungary69 contributions
Advent visit to Cracow
Dec 2018 • Couples
If you are interested in classical music while visiting Krakow, don't miss the magical performance of the Royal Chamber Orchestra in the charming little chapel of St. Adalbert, which provides a fascinating daily experience. World-class details of classical and modern works are performed in a professional performance. It's a magical little wonder!
Written January 23, 2019
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Thank you for your positive review!
Written August 21, 2019
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Writer_Gurl1979
Warrington, UK168 contributions
Highlight of our trip
Jan 2019 • Couples
For the evening of my 40th birthday, I was looking for something special to do in Krakow and settled on this concert experience after reading favourable reviews.

Typically, the concert takes place in a tiny but beautiful church in the main square; however, it was moved to the nearby concert hall owing to problems with heating.

Any initial disappointment I felt not to see the show in its ‘proper’ location was soon forgotten once the performance got under way...

The music had energy and excitement, with the string quartet breathing new life into classical standards and contemporary favourites.

First violinist Kamil was a charismatic virtuoso - deftly segueing from William Tell’s Overture into a joyful, free-form medley that came as a welcome surprise!

The audience was tiny (around 10 people), but what lucky people to enjoy at close quarters such a wonderful performance!

Less, as they say, is more and this tightly crafted one-hour show was a highlight of our visit to Krakow.

Sincerest thanks Kamil and your colleagues!
Written January 12, 2019
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It's great that we could please you on your birthday :) Thank you for the review!
Written August 21, 2019
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Hannah S
Edinburgh, UK1 contribution
Musical fun with more than just a dash of talent
Dec 2018 • Friends
What a superb surprise this was! Booked pretty last minute on a family holiday to Krakòw as a wee treat on New Year's Eve. We spent the day wondering just how they were going to fit the (considerably extensive) programme into just an hour. Maybe they'll pick a couple of pieces from the selection? Maybe we'll just get some excerpts? Boy were we wrong! A few bars into the Bach had us looking at each other in puzzlement - that is a corking tempo - are they playing it double speed?! Things then escalated from the fastest Pachelbel and Vivaldi I've ever heard. We could see the musicians giggling as they waited for the audience to catch up with their japes. The skill required for each of the musicians to follow as they took it in turns to vary the pace and "ad lib" was impressive. Rachmaninoff meets the Godfather was a favourite. As was a "2 cellos" style Phantom. A diverting (and amusingly posturing) Carmen sealed the deal. Thrilling, quirky and imaginative. A fun interpretation bringing new life to the old classics and showing the phenomenal musical talents of the Royal Chamber Orchestra. Well worth a visit!
Written January 1, 2019
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We are glad that you liked the concert! Thank you for the review.
Written August 21, 2019
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Wilkyf1
West Yorkshire, UK38 contributions
Something different
Dec 2018 • Couples
We decided book this on a whim as we’re not typical chamber music types but the music playlist took our interest and most pieces we were familiar with. Glad we did. I agree with other reviews that the William Tell went very wacky and far out but it shows that Kamil certainly knows his way around a violin. Overall we enjoyed the performance and anyone who likes to spend an hour listening to some nice music played by talented musicians in a beautiful little church should give it a try too. Thumbs up from us
Written December 29, 2018
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