Guildhall, Gresham Street, London, EC2
In November 1848 Fryderyk Chopin played to great acclaim at Guildhall as
part of a "Grand Dress & Fancy Ball" in aid of Polish refugees. It was to prove his last-ever performance.
The grande finale of the Chopin Society’s bicentenary series was a Concert, Dinner & Ball at Guildhall on November 18th 2010, commemorating this occasion.
Guildhall, in the heart of the City of London, has also been the venue of two of the Society's earlier Galas: in 1978 to celebrate the 130th anniversary of Chopin's last public performance there, and in 1998 (see Anniversaries).
Concerts take place in the Old Library, and dinner is served in the famous Great Hall, where the Lord Mayor’s Banquet is traditionally held and where royalty and state visitors have been entertained down the centuries since it was originally built in 1411.
See also the Guildhall website.