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Anglo-Danish Society Supper and Concert27th February 2019

Anglo-Danish Supper and Music

The evening started with a delicious supper in the magnificent salons at Draper’s Hall. The guests then moved to the concert venue where young, talented musicians from Guildhall School of Music or Royal College of Music entertained us with a rich and varied programme. The evening was a great success and we were grateful to our sister society, the Anglo-Swedish Society, for allowing us to join them for this splendid setting!

Flauguissimo Duo album launch22nd February 2019

Flauguissimo Duo Launch

Members of the Anglo-Swedish Society were invited to the launch of the new album "A Salon Opera" by Flauguissimo Duo - Yu-Wei Hu (fute) & Johan Löfving (guitar). This period flute and guitar ensemble made their resonus debut with this unique programme of works. The performative event took place in the beautiful Swedish Church in West London and was an evening to be remembered.

Hatt et Söner Champagne tasting23rd January 2019

Champagne Tasting

Hatt et Söner invited 12 Anglo-Swedish Society members to a Champagne tasting at the prestigious 67 Pall Mall wine club in Mayfair. On arrival, guests were given a glass of Champagne, followed by an introduction to the story behind Hatt et Söner Champagne house. Later on, the concept of personal vintage concept was explained to the guests and a blind tasting of Champagnes produced from grapes grown in various locations enjoyed.

Sankta Lucia – A Festival of Light7th December 2018

Lucia in York Minster

On the 7th of December, the sixth successive Sankta Lucia celebration took place, involving the Chapter of York and the whole Minster community. The service drew upon the strong historic and cultural links which York has with Scandinavia. The evening saw hymns, readings and prayers and was a special night for all involved. We were delighted to host a great range of groups and organisations to services during Advent and it was particularly good to have had the opportunity to work with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society. We were grateful to all those who worked so hard to prepare for the evening.

Elmgreen & Dragset at the Whitechapel Gallery8th November 2018

Whitechapel Gallery Tour

Guests participated in a private group guided tour to see ‘This is How we Bite our Tongue’, which was the work of Scandinavian artist duo Michael Elmgreen (Danish) and Ingar Dragset (Norwegian) - well known for their ‘Rocking Horse’ fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square. In their uncanny, beguiling installations, institutional spaces are wittily transformed into metaphors for personal desires and collective identities. The exhibition combines a survey of their emotional figurative sculptures with a large-scale installation that meditates on the fate of civic space.

Gustavus Adolphus Day 20186th November 2018

Postcard Teas 2018

To commemorate Gustavus Adolphus Day, a rare tea tasting event was hosted at Postcard Teas by London based tea expert Timothy d’Offay who is consulted by some of the world mot prestigious restaurants such as The Fat Duck, River Cafe and Fera. During this special event, he presented some of his unique inventions of alcohol based old tree teas (up to 800 years old). Members also enjoyed Gustavus Adolphus cakes and other snacks.

Brighton Early Music Festival2nd November 2018

Brighton Early Music Festival

Every year, BREMF contributes to the vibrant arts scene in Brighton and Hove through its programme of choral concerts, workshops and schools projects. The success of previous annual festivals means that BREMF has built a reputation for lively and inspired programming, often exploring connections with different art forms and using performance formats and spaces that challenge preconceptions of early music. The Anglo-Swedish Society is pleased to have sponsored the photography of the event 'The Marriage of the Northern Star' by Yu-kuang Chou (Pop Photo).

2018 Punsch Ball20th October 2018

Punsch Ball 2018

The 2018 Punsch Ball was held in the glorious ballroom at the Savile Club in Mayfair. 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 current music scholar and soprano Amie Foon gave a performance accompanied by pianist Gary Beecher. Guests sang songs and danced into the night. The Toast Master was Cecilia Gejke. The thank you speech was given by the Swedish Defence Attaché, Colonel Per Jenvald. SEE FACEBOOK & YOUTUBE

2018 CoScan Award17th October 2018

CoScan 2018 award

The 2018 CoScan International Award was presented to the Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo at a concert at the Barbican. The Anglo-Swedish Society is a proud member of the Confederation of Scandinavian Societies. Chairman Eva Robards and President Mark Elliott are pictured behind Oramo (photo by BBCSO). Previous recipients have included Sandi Toksvig, Hans Blix, Mika Häkkinen and the Nordic Optical Telescope. On receiving the award, Oramo replied, "For me to be able to bring the UK and the Nordic nations closer together is truly an honour and a privilege.”

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.

Alex MalmaeusTwo Kings at the RAC