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Manuel Cini: Music from Dachau Event

Manuel Cini
4 December 2023
Turner Sims

For more information regarding this event, please telephone 023 8059 5151 or email .

Event details

A free lunchtime concert from the UoS Music Department co-sponsored by the Parkes Institute.

This concert presents what is believed to be the first public performance since 1945 of songs composed by Polish composer Leon Kaczmarek (1903-1973) during his imprisonment in Dachau concentration camp in the Second World War. Kaczmarek was born in Poland. Following the Nazi invasion of Poland, he was arrested by the Gestapo in early 1940 and sent to Dachau concentration camp, just outside Munich. Kaczmarek remained in the concentration camp for five years. He worked there as the conductor of the official German men’s choir. During this time, he composed numerous songs, Lieder, works for choir and solo piano, instrumental pieces, as well as several arrangements and transcriptions.

Manuel Cini is an accomplished pianist who has performed as a soloist in Italy, Germany, Lithuania and England. He is currently studying a PhD in Music at the University of Surrey, with a thesis called Music from Dachau, concerning unedited and unknown music written by prisoners in the Nazi concentration camps during WWII.

This concert is co-sponsored by the Parkes Institute for Jewish Non-Jewish relations, and is part of a larger programme of discussions and lectures across the day.

Entrance is FREE and all are welcome. All audience members must book a ticket .


12.15pm – 12.45pm | Pre-Concert Talk: Neil Gregor (Southampton) ‘Music and the Holocaust’
1pm – 2pm |
Concert: Manuel Cini ‘Music From Dachau’
2pm – 2.45pm | Post-Concert Panel:
Various Speakers (Building 2, Room 2061)

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