Karolin - Centre for Polish Folklore

Polish Christmas Carols



Jacek Boniecki
Vocal Direction
Mirosław Ziomek
Many Poles can’t imagine Christmas without Mazowsze’s carols. Generations of Poles have become accustomed to hearing them on TV and on the radio at this beautiful time of year. It is probably safe to say, however, that nothing compares to a live performance by the Mazowsze Ensemble choir and orchestra. This concert features traditional Polish carols as well as well-known carols from around the world. The most famous Polish carols are closely linked to the country’s history. Written and composed by eminent Polish poets and composers, including  Franciszek Karpiński, Mikołaj Sęp Szarzyński, Zygmunt Noskowski, Feliks Nowowiejski and more recently, Witold Lutosławski, we can often discern in them the rhythms of the oldest and possibly most recognisable of the Polish national dances – the polonaise. Lulajże Jezuniu (Lullaby, Jesus) was incorporated by Frederic Chopin into his Scherzo in B Minor, Op.20. Typical for Mazowsze carol concerts is that members of the pubic join in and sing along – making them an emotional and unforgettable experience for all involved.