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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.
On 25 August, Chopin travelled eight hours to Manchester. When he arrived, he was horrified to find an audience of 1,200 at the Gentlemen’s Concert Hall (pictured) waiting to hear him play. He felt too weak to perform, saying to a friend, “My playing will be lost in such a large room, my compositions ineffective.” He was pleased with his £60 fee, though - and the critics were not unkind to him.
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