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Two Kings at the RAC26th September 2018

Two Kings at the RAC

Eric J W Orlowski gave a talk about the enigmatic, controversial, and remarkable figure that was Carolus XII Rex (1682-1718) – the “Lion of the North” or “Swedish Meteor”. Council Member Professor David Goldsmith spoke about the founder of the current Royal House of Bernadotte – Carl XIV Johan (formerly Jean Bernadotte) 1763-1844. There was royal quiz with suitably regal prizes for those who snatch the crowns, while enjoying aperitifs, wine and buffet food at one of the nicest clubs in London.

The Crystal Tour12th June 2018

The Crystal 2018

The Crystal is one of the world's most sustainable buildings and events venues as well as home to the world's largest exhibition on the future of cities. In collaboration with the Society of Swedish Engineers in Great Britain, the Anglo-Swedish Society organised a 1 hour guided tour of the Crystal Building. There was an opportunity to visit the exhibition and to socialise afterwards.

Valborg 201830th April 2018

The Chairman welcomed the guests and read a letter of thanks from the Society's Patron, HM King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. Performances were given by current music scholar Amie Foon (mezzo-soprano). Guests sang traditional Swedish spring songs and the Mr Malcolm Munthe gave a thank you speech to the Society.

2018 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING30th April 2018

Travellers Club

The 2018 AGM was held at the Travellers Club. There were some changes to Council as Emma Flight did not stand for re-election, and Johan Aurén (Hon Treasurer, 2012-2014) was elected. The re-introduction of a life-membership category was approved (at a sum of 15 times the current normal annual single member subscription). A new £10 25-and-under membership category was introduced. The Society would update its privacy policy and register with the Information Commissioner’s Office to comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation. Everyone was delighted to be introduced to the Society’s new secretary, Racula Nastase. The meeting was followed by a drinks reception.

Fanny & Alexander at the Old Vic6th March 2018

Fanny and Alexander

Members of the Anglo-Swedish Society enjoyed a reception and the Old Vic's performance of Fanny & Alexander. Panni Kanyuk welcomed guests with a brief introduction to the play. The essence Ingmar Bergman's classic film was powerfully and touchingly captured in this 3 hour stage version by writer Stephen Beresford and a 16-strong cast which included Penelope Wilton and Michael Pennington. The Anglo-Swedish Society is a proud co-sponsor of the production.

ABBA: Super Troupers1st March 2018

Abba

Members of the Anglo-Swedish Society were led by a personal tour guide and the voice of narrator Jarvis Cocker on a musical journey with Swedish pop sensation ABBA as they took over 1970s Britain in this one-of-a-kind exhibition. There were nine immersive rooms exploring the music, lyrics and lives of one of the world's most unforgettable bands. Taking on 1970s Britain, in the midst of a financial crisis, a wave of strikes and a three-day working week, ABBA were a breath of fresh air, dominating the airwaves with their upbeat anthems channelling positivity and optimism.

Jakob Göransson at Sotheby’s27th February 2018

Jacob Goransson

Members and guests were offered a unique opportunity to view a selection of beautiful Impressionist and Modern Art works on display at Sotheby's, ahead of their spring auction. Jakob Göransson enthralled participants with his knowledge about exhibition highlights including works by Picasso, Giacometti, Chagall and other 20th Century greats.

Fanny & Alexander Backstage Notes29th January 2018

Fanny and Alexander

Members enjoyed a unique opportunity to hear from director Max Webster and the cast of Fanny & Alexander at the Old Vic's offsite rehearsal space in Bermondsey, as they shared highlights from the development process of bringing this Bergman classic from page to stage. The evening started with an informal drinks reception. The cast, which included Penelope Wilton, Michael Pennington, Kevin Doyle and Jonathan Slinger, treated guests to a few scenes from the play, with informal questions welcomed at the end.

ANGLO-SWEDISH SOCIETY PUNSCH BALL11th November 2017

Anglo-Swedish Society Punsch Ball 2017

The 2017 Punsch Ball was held in William Gladstone's magnificent library in the National Liberal Club. Rebecca Toal played the harp during pre-dinner drinks. Guests were welcomed by Chairman Alexander Malmaeus and his wife Jacqueline Appel-Malmaeus. The Society's Patrons HM The King of Sweden and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh sent their best wishes for a succesful evening. The Society's 2012-13 scholar and soprano Olivia Sjöberg gave a performance accompanied by pianist Kristen Doran. Guests sang songs and danced into the night. The Toast Master was Martina Westin. Grace and the thank you speech were given by the Very Reverent Eric Muhl. SEE FACEBOOK & VIDEO

Carl Peter Thunberg talk by Pauline Chakmakjian5th October 2017

Pauline Chakmakjian

Members of the Society met at the Linnean Society of London when they enjoyed a talk by Pauline Chakmakjian on one of Carl Linnaeus’s most important disciples, Carl Peter Thunberg (1743–1828). Pauline is an expert on Japan, which is where Thunberg carried out his most important work. The Linnean Society of London is the world’s oldest active biological society. Founded in 1788, the Society takes its name from the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus (1707–1778) whose botanical, zoological and library collections have been in its keeping since 1829.

Antonis MarinisCarl Peter Thunberg talk by Pauline Chakmakjian