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The great composer Frédéric Chopin played his final piano concerts in Britain and wasn’t best pleased by the people, the weather or a near-fatal accident in a horse-drawn carriage.
The 1848 February Revolution in France had left Chopin in despair. Most of his pupils fled Paris and his concerts stopped. On top of everything, the composer had tuberculosis. A devoted pupil, Scotswoman Jane Stirling, invited him to Britain where she and her sister promised to find him work. It’s rumoured that the sisters were a cover for the wealthy soprano Jenny Lind, who had her eye on the great man.
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