Dr Colin Kingsley - Obituary
It is with great sadness that The Scottish Polish Cultural Association wishes to inform all the members that the honorary president of the Association, Dr Colin Kingsley, passed away on 4th March 2020. Due to the current situation the memorial service has been postponed until a later date but a private interment has already taken place.
Our sincere condolences go to the Kingsley family.
Dr Colin Kingsley was an honorary President of The Scottish Polish Cultural Association for 25 years.
Thanks to Dr Kingsley in January 2000 we organised a Young Talent Recital and seven youngsters of Polish descent, aged 13 to 20, sung and played various instruments in the filled to the brim room of the Edinburgh Society of Musicians. The follow up recital took place in May 2001 and proved to be as successful, if not more, than the first one. Now it is an annual event held in May and more recently in September, where budding musician of various nationalities demonstrate their skills.
Dr Kingsley has given many concerts to support our Association as well the wider Polish community in Edinburgh and Scotland.
In 1966 Dr Kingsley established the Edinburgh Chopin Circle with the support of the late Tadeusz Ziarski, a Polish ex-serviceman and thanks to a historian, the late Dr Leon Koczy, discovered where Chopin lived during his visit to Scotland in 1848. The address, we all now know, is 10 Warriston Crescent, where a commemorative plaque has been placed by the Edinburgh Chopin Circle and where recitals had been given up to 2003 by Dr Kingsley and his music students as well as visiting musicians.
Dr Kingsley together with the Edinburgh Chopin Circle and Tadeusz Ziarski brought a Chopin bust from Poland carved by Jozef Murkiewicz and persuaded the Edinburgh Council to have it placed in the Usher Hall in Edinburgh, where it can be viewed by concert goers.
The Polish Government in recognition of Dr Kingsley’s contribution to promoting Polish culture through music, has awarded him the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.