Festival Director, a member of the Board of theAboutProject Foundation. She graduated
with honors from Kraków Music Academy in the piano class of prof. Andrzej Pikul
in 1997 and then in 2005 earned the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts and her
post-doctoral degree in Musical Arts in 2013. She has given performances in Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and
the USA, including appearances with the Radio Symphonic Orchestra in
Kraków and the Tarnów Chamber Music Orchestra. As an accompanist, she has
worked with a number of reputable pedagogists in their master classes, e.g.
prof. Alison Pearce (London), prof. Christian Elßner (Drezden), prof. Charlote
Lehmann (Hannover), prof. Ryszard Karczykowski, and prof. Helmuth Rilling (in
Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart).
Susan Stirling-Aird of Kippenross
Married to Patric Stirling-Aird of Kippenross Jane Stirling's great nephew several times removed. Currently based in Dunblane, she is lively interested in restoring the memory of Jane Wilhelmina Stirling. Mrs Susan Stirling-Aird helped organize the celebration of our Scottish heroine's birthday on 15 July 2016, first such event in the last 170 years.
a member of the Board of theAboutProject Foundation. For the past twenty years or so, he has been active in professional areas directly and indirectly related to the English language and culture. As a journalist, translator, and the author of numerous English coursebooks and methodological publications, he has been involved in promoting the knowledge of English in an innovative way, vigorously displaying his own passion for the language and its culture as well as igniting genuine emotions and stimulating the craving for cultural discovery in the recepients of his output, whether written or spoken. A master of spoken narration, Marek shows his interest in and commitment to exploring those cultural areas that are believed to enjoy the alleged exhaustion of potential for new discovery, thus exceeding the bounds of regular research.
is President and Founder of theAboutProject Foundatioin. He is Senior Lecturer at the Institute of English Studies of the Jagiellonian University. He was awarded his doctoral degree in the humanities in 2009. During the same year he was appointed Assistant to the Head of the Teacher Training College of the Jagiellonian University. Between 2010 and 2014 he was the Coordinator for Student and Educational Affairs for the Combined English Philology and German Language programme offered by the English Philology Department of the Jagiellonian University, as well as the Head of the Practical English and Linguistics Section of the State School of Higher Education in Oświęcim.
So far, the following persons have agreed to join the Jane Stirling Festival's Honorary Committee:
1. Patrick Stirling-Aird of Kippenross (Jane Stirling's family)
2. Henrietta Somervell (Jane Stirling's family)
3. Prof. Andrzej Pikul (Academy of Music in Kraków)
4. Prof. dr hab. Krzysztof Stopka (Jagiellonian University's Collegium Maius)
5. Dr hab. Władysław Witalisz (Jagiellonian University)
6. Izabella Brodzińska (Chairperson of Scottish Polish Cultural Society in Edinburgh)
7. Dr. John Willmett (President of Edinburgh Society of Musicians)