Turning down the Philharmonic Society
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Chopin’s rough guide to Britain: ‘crafty’ locals and ‘dreadful’ weather
2. Turning down the Philharmonic Society
After arriving in Britain, Chopin refused to play with the Philharmonic Society. “The orchestra is rather like their roast beef or their turtle soup,” he said, “excellent, strong, but nothing more.” The more likely truth was that he was not fit enough to manage a full concerto.