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Lord Beith Elected

We are delighted to announce that The Right Honourable the Lord Beith PC was elected as the new President of the Anglo-Swedish Society at the Annual General Meeting on Friday 6 November. Lord Beith succeeds his late wife, Baroness Maddock (1945 – 2020), and has been a great supporter of the Anglo-Swedish Society since their marriage in 2001. Lord Beith is...

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Gustavus Adolphus Day

Charles Stern (2010-11 scholar) gave a talk about the innovative work of Studio Stern. The application of the latest digital fabrication technologies to traditional glass and ceramic production is yielding some astonishing results. Current music scholar Ami-Louise Johnsson (violin & viola), accompanied by Pau Vendrell Vilardaga (piano) performed pieces by Bartok, Milhaud and Faurè. Johan...

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Animals That No One But Us Has Seen

Linda Bondestam gave an excellent presentation to the Society’s largest gathering to date. Members and friends particularly enjoyed her charming poetry readings from some of the children’s books that she has illustrated. Linda is one of the Nordic’s Countries’ best-known artists, illustrators and authors, and her playful use of colour is delicately balanced with the appropriate...

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Sweden and the Nordic Nations – a Baltic Perspective

Caroline Boggis-Rolfe, noted lecturer and historian, gave a talk based on her recent book “The Baltic Story: A Thousand-Year History of Its Lands, Seas and Peoples” (Amberley Publishing 2019). She answered questions after the Zoom talk. David Goldsmith and Eric Orlowski were on hand to ensure that the discussion was both memorable and informative.

Paul Binding on Selma Lagerlöf

Paul Bindiing is a literary critic, novelist, and a renowned expert in Scandinavian literature. He gave an engaging and highly informative talk via Zoom on the work of Selma Lagerlöf (1858-1940). Paul Binding describes her as a truly great writer – profound, original and virtuous. SShe was the first woman to be awarded the Nobel...

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Charlotta Buxton

Journalist Charlotta Buxton described what she sees as three British legends and historical events that have informed both Brexit and the British response to Covid-19. From a mostly forgotten myth that speaks of Britain’s founding father to two great fires and an intrepid scientist’s attempt to prove everyone else wrong – these stories can shine...

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Professor Anders Hallengren new book

World Scientific Publishing is proud to announce that they will publish “Ocean Bound Women” by Anglo-Swedish member and former speaker, Professor Anders Hallengren. This is the history of the Swedish sailing-ship Atlantic (1876–1911) and its crew, including its master mariner Johan Axel Söderström and his seafaring family. A main feature of the book is the first diary from a circumnavigation written by a Scandinavian woman, which stands out as a uniting text for the whole storyline. The publishers will be offering members of the Anglo-Swedish Society an exclusive discount and we hope to hold a book launch in spring 2021.

Tea and Coffee in Britain and Sweden

Professor David Goldsmith and Eric Orlowski gave their third joint talk. This time the topic was “Tea and Coffee in Great Britain and Sweden”, which provided a springboard for an exploration of two nations’ customs, histories and international trade routes. In England (in particular) the archetypal cup of breakfast or afternoon, tea is a cultural...

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Baroness Maddock 1945-2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Diana Margaret Maddock, Baroness Maddock, Lady Beith. She succeeded Inga-Stina Robson, Baroness Robson of Kiddington, as our President in 1999. Baroness Maddock's tireless and enthusiastic work for the Anglo-Swedish Society will be honoured by the creation of a scholarship in her name. She served as Member of Parliament for Christchurch from 1993 to 1997 and was created life peer as Baroness Maddock of Christchurch in the County of Dorset on 30 October 1997. From 1998 to 2000, she was President of the Liberal Democrats. She had an active career at the House of Lords. At the time of her death, she was co-chair of the British-Swedish All-Party Parliamentary Group. READ MORE

National Day Honour

We are proud to announce that our sister organisation, the Anglo-Swedish Society of Gothenburg, will receive a Swedish flag on Sweden’s National Day. Only ten flags are awarded each year to organisations who have made a significant contribution to Swedish society. The presentation is usually made by HM The King at Skansen in Stockholm. However,...

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So Sweden talk

Members of the Anglo-Swedish Society joined the Swedish British Society in Stockholm to meet (via Zoom) Alison Allfrey, author of “So Sweden – Living Differently“. Alison moved with her family to Sweden in 2012. The book describes “a journey from apprehension to almost unconditional adoration of a cool, distinct country, admired from afar, little known....

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The Moment Is Now: Carl Bernhard Wadström

The Anglo-Swedish Society hosted the opening of the 3-day International 2015 Carl Bernhard Wadstrom Conference on Human Rights and the Abolition of Slavery was the Mansion House in London. The papers presented, including those by Alderman Sir Roger Gifford, Professor Neil Kent, Mark Florman and Anders Hallengren have been edited by Professor Anders Hallengren and are available from Amazon.

Sweden in Africa

Peter Stein and Professor Emil Uddhammar gave a fascinating talk on Sweden’s trade links with sub-Saharan Africa, from the slave trade to IT. Many members of the Anglo-Swedish Society turn out to have strong links with Africa – through upbringing, ancestry and business. One member present was the cousin once removed of Karen Blixen, the...

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Sweden and Great Britain

Professor Wilhelm Engström has published “Sverige och Storbritannien 1919-2019” (in Swedish) telling the story of the relationship between Sweden and Great Britain through the perspective of the first hundred years of our sister society, the Swedish British Society in Stockholm. He has generously donated 50 copies of the book to be given to the first...

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Anglo-Danish Banquet

Members of the Anglo-Swedish Society shared the Anglo-Danish Society’s celebration of the 60th Anniversary of their scholarships and awards programme. The evening was hosted by chairman Wayne Harber and Marguerite Harber at the Drapers’ Hall in the City of London. Her Majesty Queen Margrethe was guest of honour. Also present were HRH The Duchess of...

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CoScan International Award

Dr Lisbet Rausing received the 2019 CoScan International Award at the Swedish Ambassador's Residence, in recognition of her work to preserve culture and the environment throughout the world. Alexander Malmaeus conducted an informal interview with Dr Rausing along the lines of BBC Radio’s "Desert Island Discs". Music was performed by Ami-Louise Johnsson, Alexandria Wreggelsworth and the London Nordic Choir.

Swedish-British Centenary

Our sister Swedish-Bristish Society, celebrated its Centenary at the Grand Hôtel in Stockholm. A ball was hosted by president Helene Crossfield and the British Ambassador, Ms Judith Gough CMG, proposed the toast to the society. Richard Nyström was Master of Ceremonies and the Anglo-Swedish Society was represented by its chairman Alexander Malmaeus and Jacqueline Appel-Malmaeus.

Nina Jahanbin

The Council is delighted to welcome Nina as the society’s new secretary. Nina is head of sales for the Nordic region for the Union Bancaire Privée (UBP). Previously, she has worked at Pinebridge Investments and Neuberger Berman. Nina loves the English countryside and is a keen amateur painter.

Centenary Ball

The Society’s Centenary was celebrated at the Cavalry and Guards Club (see YouTube & Facebook). The Ambassador of Sweden and Mrs Sohlström, the Very Rev Katarina Bäckelin, Rector of the Swedish Church, and Mr Anders Rydell, the Chairman of the Swedish BV Society attended the Centenary. Also present were council members Erik Berggren (Hon Treasurer),...

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Two Tumultuous Tales

As a follow-up to our very popular “Two Kings” talk held in September 2018, the Anglo-Swedish Society organised another event in the elegant hospitable surroundings of the Royal Automobile Club on Pall Mall. A canapé reception followed by two short talks on “Peterloo 1819 – power to the people or pitiful parade?” and “Ådalen 1931–...

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St Giles House Private Tour

A select group of members of the Anglo-Swedish Society visited St Giles House for a guided tour. The 5,500 acre estate is located at Wimborne St Giles in East Dorset. It is the ancestral seat of the Ashley-Cooper family, which is headed by the (half Swedish) 12th Earl of Shaftesbury. When he inherited the estate...

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Helene Schjerfbeck at the Royal Academy

Christina Cadogan arranged a private morning tour for the Anglo-Swedish Society before the public was admitted. Schjerfbeck found artistic success at a young age. She left the Finnish capital for a quieter life that allowed her to concentrate on her work. Nonetheless, keeping in touch with artist friends and the seismic shifts in modern art,...

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Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize

The Anglo-Swedish Society are delighted to announce that their scholar – Kira Phoenix K’inan, has been shortlisted for Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2019


… and the exhibition is now open to the public! Ashurst’s aim in sponsoring the Emerging Artist Prize and Emerging Artist Programme is to find, build and support the careers of talented international...

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Carl Florman’s memoirs – Book launch

Carl Florman (1886-1963) served as Sweden’s first ever Airforce Attaché to the United Kingdom in 1922-23. The following year, he co-founded AB Aerotransport (later Scandinavian Airlines) with his brother Adrian. The Florman family and the Royal Air Force Club co-hosted the event. The chairman opened the evening, Mark Florman spoke about his Grandfather, Elisabet Baldwin...

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Royal Ascot

Members and friends of the Anglo-Swedish Society were invited to attend the City University Club’s Royal Ascot Event. A coach had been booked to take us from London to the Ascot Racecourse directly with complimentary nibbles and drinks. Upon arriving, we were greeted and welcomed into the Silk Lawns at the CUC’s tent with a...

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Brexit tech seminar

Members of the Anglo-Swedish Society and the Society of Swedish Engineers in Great Britain attended a seminar on London’s post-Brexit role for Swedish tech firms at Buck’s club. Speaker and panel coordinator Dr. Patrik Kärrberg (UCL / Entrepreneur) was joined by Professor Jonathan Liebenau and Dr. Jonathan Dann. A three-course dinner was served after the seminar.

Valborg 2019

Members and guests returned to the Society’s favourite location for the annual Valborg dinner: Charles Barry’s historic and exquisite library at the Travellers Club. The society’s music scholar Amie Foon (mezzo-soprano) gave a performance accompanied by pianist Nicole Johnson. Grace was said by the Reverend Teresia Derlén, Alexander Malmaeus welcomed members and guests, the Very...

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100th Annual General Meeting

The Society’s 100th Annual General Meeting was chaired by its president, Baroness Maddock, at the Travellers Club. The President opened the meeting by welcoming all members. The whole Council was re-elected with the exception of Christian Kåberg who did not seek re-election due to work commitments and was thanked for his valuable contribution. Peter Floyd,...

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Ńorthern Lights Symphony Ørchestra

The Society sponsored the Ńorthern Lights Symphony Ørchestra in London for a Swedish Baroque music concert which featured Bojan Cicis (Academy of Ancient Music) and Ensemble Sylvatica on the 9th April at St. Martin-In-The-Fields in Trafalgar Square. The concert raised a huge amount of funding for the following four children’s Charities: Great Ormond Street, Richard...

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The London run of SAGA

The Anlgo-Swedish Society are proud to have sponsored the London-run of SAGA, an original adaptation of August Strindberg’s surrealist, expressionist piece of theatre, 1901 A Dream Play. It is a 60 minute, bi-lingual (English and Swedish) revival of this classic play. With sold-out audiences and ★★★★ reviews, they were able bring together a balanced audience of...

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Reciprocal Club Offerings

Members now have the opportunity to become corporate members of the Royal Overseas League! For £425/year you will get full membership rights to use all club facilities, attend club events and book accommodation. The ROSL is excellently located in the heart of Clubland on St James’s Street with 60 bedrooms and 100 reciprocal clubs worldwide....

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Anglo-Danish Society Supper and Concert

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...

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Flauguissimo Duo album 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...

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Hatt et Söner Champagne tasting

Hatt et Söner invited 12 Anglo-Swedish Society members to a Champagne tasting in the elegant surroundings of 22 South Audley Street 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 personal vintage concept was explained to the...

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Sankta Lucia – A Festival of Light

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...

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Elmgreen & Dragset @ Whitechapel Gallery

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...

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Gustavus Adolphus Day 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...

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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...

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2018 Punsch Ball

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...

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2018 CoScan Award

The 2018 CoScan International Award was presented to the Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo at a concertat 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...

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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...

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The Crystal Tour

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...

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Valborg 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. SEE FACEBOOK

2018 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

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...

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Fanny & Alexander at the Old Vic

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...

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ABBA: Super Troupers

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...

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Jakob Göransson at Sotheby’s

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 Notes

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,...

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2017 PUNSCH BALL

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...

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Carl Peter Thunberg talk by 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...

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Mikala Djørup at the Goldsmiths’ Fair

Members of the Anglo-Swedish Society and their guests enjoyed a talk by Danish Jeweller Mikala Djørup about her recent work at an intimate private event in the magnificent Court Room at Goldsmiths’ Hall. After the talk, Goldsmiths’ Fair opened its doors giving the chance to view exquisite art pieces and meet some of the world’s...

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Foster + Partners

World famous architects Foster + Partners are leaders in the advanced modelling and computer programming in architectural design. This way of working now informs almost all the practice’s projects through sophisticated simulations which inform every stage of the design process. Former SIS scholar Henrik Malm PhD illustrated the firm’s working methods by presenting some current...

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Swedish Gin and Whisky tasting at Aquavit

A bespoke tutored Swedish gin and whisky tasting supper in the relaxed and luxurious Stockholm Room of Aquavit London. An exquisite fish-based meal was served alongside six rare spirits chosen for the tasting. Our guide Johan Tanner from WhiskyABC, explained how the drinks are produced and how the “Swedishness” of the materials is reflected in...

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An introduction to the “London Model”

The Anglo-Swedish Society held a gathering of representatives of the principal Swedish organisations in London to introduce Eric Muhl, the new Rector of the Swedish congregation, at the Athenaeum Club. Each representative made a brief presentation and there was a chance for everyone present to mingle. The collaboration between these organisations in London has come...

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2017 Annual General Meeting

The 2017 Annual General Meeting, presided over by Baroness Maddock, saw the election of three new members: Robert Freeman, Professor David Goldsmith and Lu Zhou, all of whom are already active in the running of the Society. After drinks and refreshments, Charlotta Buxton, the London correspondent for Sveska Dagbladet, gave a fascinating talk on Elizabeth...

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Valborg 2017

The arrival of spring was celebrated in style at the Society’s Valborg dinner in the famous ballroom of the Savile Club. Johan Hugosson, Tim Hansson Meng and Julia Sigblad performed classical and contemporary music. Members were able to thank Ellen Wettmark for four successful years as Swedish culture attachée and to sing snaps and punsch...

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CoScan International Award 2017

Sandi Toksvig, the Danish-British comedienne, writer and presenter was delighted and honoured to be presented with CoScan’s prestigious International Award of 2017. She accepted this in front of an audience of nearly 3,000 people at the Royal Festival Hall. The Anglo-Swedish Society is pleased to be a member organisation of CoScan / Confederation of Scandinavian...

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Josef Frank exhibition

The art historian Eva Höög presented the work of designer and artist Josef Frank (1885-1967) in the first-ever UK exhibition of his textiles. The Austrian-born architect moved to Sweden in 1933, where he developed his colourful brand of modernism, working with Estrid Ericson on furniture, glassware, lighting and interior design ideas. Together they redefined what...

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New Swedish Ambassador

The Society’s Patron, H E Mr Torbjörn Sohlström and Mrs Helena Vasquez Sohlström returned to their official Residence at Portland Place after presenting credentials to H M Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. The Ambassador’s guests were invited to vin d’honneur and the horses were given carrots. The Anglo-Swedish Society was represented by Alexander Malmaeus...

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SHAKESPEARE IN SONG

Members of the Society enjoyed a very strong performance by internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, actor Simon Robson and pianist Julius Drake. The performance was part of the Oxford Lieder Festival and was held in Sir Christopher Wren’s 1669 Sheldonian Theatre. After drinks with the artists, members enjoyed an informal supper at Quod...

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2016 PUNSCH BALL

The sixth annual Punsch Ball was held at the prestigious Cavalry & Guards Club. Performances were given by musicians from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Dagmar Zeromska & Carl Vallin, and dancing went on into the small hours. SEE FACEBOOK – SEE VIDEO

Concert at Mansion House

A concert was given at Mansion House by past and present Anglo-Swedish Society music scholars Dagmar Zeromska, Johan Hugosson, Oskar Palmblad and Tim Hansson Meng in the presence of the Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of London. Members and friends enjoyed a drinks reception before and after the concert. “We had a great time and...

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Annika Hall at the National Gallery

Acclaimed guide Annika Hall shared ten of her favourite works at the National Gallery with members of the Anglo-Swedish Society. A highly personal account was brought alive by a depth of knowledge. The tour began with the Wilton Diptych which was painted for King Richard II’s (1377-99) private devotion at Westminster Abbey and wound through...

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Linnéa Hennersten

We are delighted to welcome Linnéa Hennersten as secretary of Anglo-Swedish Society. Linnéa started her career in London working for Annethe Nathan, both in her shop TotallySwedish and looking after her children. She now works in the administrative team for the housing charity Chapter1. The Swedish Church in London has played a big part in...

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Swedish-British Society in Stockholm

The Chairman of the Anglo-Swedish Society was invited as keynote speaker preceding the 2016 Annual General Meeting of its sister organisation, the Swedish-British Society in Stockholm.

Valborg 2016

The 2016 Valborg Dinner kicked off in a jubilent mood immediately after the successful AGM. Grace was said by Robert Freeman, the Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea. 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 2009-10 scholar,...

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2016 Annual General Meeting

Bryan Sanderson CBE was elected to chair the meeting in the Society’s President, Baroness Maddock’s place. He opened with a summary of the Society’s past year, which had been a success. The 2015 accounts were presented by the Hon. Treasurer and approved by the meeting. The Officers of the Society were elected by a show...

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Amanda Svart wins Award at Hyères Festival

Amanda Svart (2013 & 2015 Fashion Design Scholar) has won the Audience Award at the Hyères Festival 2016 at Hyères in Southern France. The Jury met in Partis on the 29th of January and chose the finalists which included Amanda Svart. “I decided to call my collection Form Flow because I wanted to capture gravity...

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Amy Jayne Hughes at the V&A

Amy Jayne Hughes’s (2011 Glass and Ceramics Scholar) “Tryst” vase will be available from the Victoria and Albert Museum shop from 11 April. She spent several months in 2015 as artist in residence at the V & A, exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery with the Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club and at Vessel Gallery in 2016.

Priory of St. John visit

Members of the Anglo-Swedish Society were treated to a rare glimpse of history spanning nine centuries at the Priory of the Venerable Order of St. John in Clerkenwell. Keith Schnaar, a Commander of the Order, captivated those present with his knowledge and good humour and led them back to the modern day in time for...

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AdVince reaches Clinical Trials

A virus which fights cancer: we are pleased to announce that the Medical Product Agency (the regulatory body in Sweden) and the Regional Ethics Committee have approved the initiation of a phase I/IIa clinical trial with AdVince for patients with neuroendocrine cancer. The AdVince virus was produced with money obtained through donations to Uppsala University’s...

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Mae Heydorn contributing to new arts project ‘Opera Helps’

‘Opera Helps’ is the brainchild of artist Joshua Sofaer who plans to present the UK premiere of an extraordinary project that he previously tried – with apparent great success – in Stockholm. The accredited relational dynamics coach, is training nine professional singers for the bespoke service including Mae Heydorn (2008 & 2009 Mezzo Soprano Scholar). LEARN MORE

Ambassador’s Reception

H E The Swedish Ambassador, Ms Nicola Clase, invited members of the Anglo-Swedish Society to a concert and reception at her Residence. Music Scholars Tim Hansson Meng (Viola, Guildhall School of Music and Drama) and Angelika Edlund (Soprano, Musical Theatre Academy) gave a wonderful performances. SEE FACEBOOK & VIDEO

Sweden and MI6

Members of the Anglo-Swedish Society joined the Reform Club’s Cryptos Society to hear Wilhelm Angell speak about the collaboration between Sweden and MI6 1943-1954 in counter-intelligence against Soviet penetration and in particular the Petrovs, who came to Stockholm in 1943 and went on to Australia in 1950.

Emilie Hörnlund in Quartet Chiaroscuro

Cristina Fernandes writting for the Público, a Portuguese daily national newspaper published in Lisbon, Portugal praised Alina Ibragimova’s Quartet Chiaroscuro formed by young musicians from various countries including Emilie Hörnlund (2005 Violist Scholar).   “Formed by young musicians from various countries (including, in addition to Ibragimova, Spanish violinist Pablo Hernán Benedí, the Swedish violist Emilie Hörnlund and...

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Susanna Andersson at the Huddersfield Choral Society

Alfred Hickling praised Susanna Andersson (2003 Soprano Scholar) for her contribution in the Huddersfield choir on his review for the Guardian. “..the standout contribution comes from Swedish soprano Susanna Andersson, who makes the florid coloratura sound like a breath of fresh air and, while most singers give the impression that performing the piece every Christmas...

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2015 Punsch Ball

Members and guests of the Anglo-Swedish Society returned to the Hurlingham Club for the 5th annual (masked!) Punsch Ball. Performances were given by the our 2015-16 music scholars Tim Hansson Meng (viola) and Angelika Eklund (soprano). The Chairman read messages from the Society’s Patrons HM The King of Sweden and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh....

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Nordic Folk Song film screening

The Anglo-Swedish Society sponsored documentary film makers Andreas Lindström and Emelie Hill Dittmer in their project Nordic Folksong – Creative journeys through a British Landscape. The first three films were screened at an event arranged by the Anglo-Swedish Society in conjunction with the Swedish Church and SWEA. The ongoing project about Scandinavian creatives in the...

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Dr Jonathan Foyle talk and dinner

Renowned architectural historian and speaker Dr Jonathan Foyle gave a riveting talk about the establishment of the Swedish Bridgitine Order in England in 1415 and its subsequent expulsion. He related his experiences as part of Time Team, when the foundations of the long-demolished Abbey was re-discovered under the gardens of the Duke of Northumberland’s Syon...

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Abolition of Slavery Conference

The gala opening of the 3-day International 2015 Carl Bernhard Wadstrom Conference on Human Rights and the Abolition of Slavery was hosted by the Anglo-Swedish Society at the Mansion House. Alexander Malmaeus acted as moderator, Lord Mayor Locum Tenens Alderman Sir Roger Gifford spoke about slavery and the the City of London and Swedish Ambassador...

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Swedish International Students & Alumni

The Anglo-Swedish Society hosted a drinks reception and talk for Swedish International Students & Alumni at the Oxford and Cambridge Club on Pall Mall. Alexander Malmaeus and Erik Berggren welcomed the guests, Klara Andersson and Sebastian Andersson introduced SISA and Christer Holloman gave a keynote speech about how to develop a media profile in the...

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1849 Letter from Stockholm

Jonathan Spurrell has written an article for the Anglo-Swedish Society about his ancestor, Rev. Frederick Spurrell, the first regularly appointed Anglican Chaplain in Stockholm. The article begins with a disgruntled account of the state of continental roads, food (“good bread is the rarest thing”) and accommodation (“There is not a single good inn or hotel...

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Valborg 2015

Over 100 members and guests of the Society celebrated Valborg in grand style in the City of London. A Champagne reception and dinner was held at the Tallow Chandlers Hall and the Master and Mistress of that Livery were present. A performance was given by the Society’s music scholars Adrian Ortman and Hans Höglund, and...

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Cables, Codes and Chiphers

Members of the Anglo-Swedish Society were again invited to join the Cryptos Society at the Reform Club for a talk: Following the start of World War One, Britain was able to cut Germany’s undersea telegraph cables passing through the English Channel. Germany was left with just one cable, but even that was under British control....

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Cecilia Ekbäck literary dinner

Cecilia Ekbäck spoke compellingly about her debut novel Wolf Winter. Born in Sweden, she received an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, and has returned to the landscape and history of her childhood to bring Wolf Winter to vivid life. This is a story built up layer by layer, simultaneously a labyrinthine mystery, an...

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New Anglo-Swedish Society Website

The Anglo-Swedish Society is grateful to Camilla Lilliesköld Design Associates and Andrew McCullough for their tireless efforts in designing and building this website. We believe that it strongly reflects the values of our long-established Society in a way which will help us to engage more closely with existing and future members. The site has been built...

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Raoul Wallenberg: Hero of Budapest

Renowned author, Bengt Jangfeldt gave a talk to members of the Anglo-Swedish Society and Cryptos Society in the magnificent library of the Reform Club on Pall Mall. Also present was the Anglo-Swedish Society’s Patron, H E Nicola Clase, the Swedish Ambassador. See Facebook 

Anglo-Danish Society’s 90th anniversary

The Anglo-Danish Society concluded a successful 90th year with a Royal banquet at Drapers’ Hall. The Society’s Patron, HM Queen Margerethe of Denmark, was guest of honour. HRH The Duchess of Gloucester, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, HE the Danish Ambassador and other distinguished guests attended.

Johan Hugosson “Nordic Romance” Gala Concert

The Swedish pianist performed “Nordic Romance” at St James’s Church Piccadilly for the first time and also premiered his new works “Fate” and “Northern Lights”. The concert which was performed in candlelight, featured Johan’s earlier works, “Dusk to Dawn” released in 2012 and “Literas Loquendi” launced in March 2014. Johan was accompanied by the outstanding...

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Anglo-Swedish Society: Sigrid Rausing talk

Members and Guest gathered at the Cavalry and Guards Club to hear the distinguished Swedish-born writer and owner of Granta Books talk about her recently published book “Everything is Wonderful”, a moving and personal memoir of her year in Estonia researching the remnants of the Estonian Swedes and the aftermath of decollectivisation of Estonian agriculture in...

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Buckingham Palace celebrations

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh gave a Champagne reception at Buckingham Palace on 4 November 2014 to celebrate his 60th year as Patron of the Anglo-Swedish Society. 150 members of the Society attended and music was played by a string quartet from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Photography by Jannica Honey SEE FACEBOOK...

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2014 Swedish Punsch Ball

220 Society members and guests ate, drank and made merry into the small hours at the glamorous art deco Banking Hall for the annual Punsch Ball. The Havana Jazz Trio (John Burnet-Hall, Jason Cooper & Oliver Jory) played during the Champagne reception, Dagmar Zeromska (soprano) and Erika Gundesen (piano) performed during dinner and Mark Fellowes...

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State Opening of Parliament

Our Patron, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, generously invited the Anglo-Swedish Society to be represented in the Royal Gallery during the 2014 State Opening of Parliament. Unparalleled pageantry formed the backdrop to the last Queen’s Speech before the 2015 election.

Valborg 2014

Members and guests of the Society celebrated Valborg at the Travellers Club, where they were entertained by former Scholar Olivia Sjöberg. The Swedish Culture attaché presented the Society’s Vice-President Anthony Ardwedson with Patriotiska Sällskapets Guldmedalj för Betydande Gärning i Första Storleken, a medal in the Swedish honours system, for his work as chairman.   SEE...

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British Museum Viking exhibition

Dr. Gareth Williams, curator of the important Viking exhibition at the British Museum, gave a talk to members of the Anglo-Nordic Societies. The talk was followed by lunch and visit to the exhibition.   SEE FACEBOOK

Mendelssohn: Complete Works for Cello & Piano, Marie Macleod & Martin Sturfält

Geoffrey Norris praised the Martin Sturfält’s (piano) work on his review on The Telegraph. “Marie Macleod and Martin Sturfält weave a scintillating, tightly knit fabric, full of colour and energy. Instinctive coordination and passion are maintained in the B flat Sonata No 1, the cello’s tonal spectrum and the piano’s variety of touch and weight astutely and expressively...

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Dinner at Cavalry and Guards Club

His Excellency Andrew Mitchell, former British ambassador to Sweden, shared his thoughts about the relationship between the two nations at the dinner at this historic club. A shared sense of humour, he said, united the two cultures. An almost puritanical Swedish attitude to alcohol divides us.

2013 Mansion House Punsch Ball

By kind permission of the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Roger Gifford, the Society gave a Ball for the Anglo-Swedish Society to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Alliance between the United Kingdom and Sweden. 295 members and guests wined, dined and danced until the small hours. Thank you to our generous...

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VALBORG 2013

The annual Valborg dinner was held in the Savile Club’s beautiful Ball Room, complete with a traditional Swedish menu and music by the Society’s scholars, speech to The Woman and snaps songs. Dagmar Zeromska (mezzo soprano and artistic director) and Olivia Sjöberg (mezzo soprano) sang, Kristina Edin played the double bass, and Justin Snyder played...

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Nikisha Fogo Scholar at the Prix de Lausanne

Our talented scholar Nikisha Fogo in action at the Prix de Lausanne.

Dinner with Håkan Nesser

The world-famous Swedish author Håkan Nesser, creator of Inspector Barbarotti and other works of crime fiction, gave a talk after a 3-course dinner at Hardy’s Restaurant in Marylebone. Some 50 members and guests were delighted by the author’s sense of humour and ability to speak. Among those present was the expert on Scandinavian crime fiction,...

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The Kingdom of Sweden at the Lord Mayor’s Show

The Kingdom of Sweden was represented with a float in the year’s Lord Mayor’s Show, watched by 500,000 people in the City of London and 1.5 million on the BBC. The float was a collaboration between the Anglo-Swedish Society, the Embassy of Sweden, The Swedish Trade Council, VisitSweden, the Swedish School, the Swedish Church and...

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2012 Swedish Punsch Ball

Following the success of the 2011 event, the Swedish Punsch Ball was repeated at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea. The venue, completed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1693, was smaller than that of the previous year which meaant that the 180 guests were treated to a more exclusive event.

Valborg Dinner 2012

Members and guests were invited to take part in a traditional Swedish Valborg dinner. There was a short Speech to the Woman, Speech to the Man and a musical interlude by the Society’s scholars.   The Dinner was held at the library of the Traveler’s Club, which is one of the most beautiful and architecturally important...

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Mikael Sandström at the House of Lords

The Society’s President, Baroness Maddock, hosted a most illuminating a talk at the House of Lords where Sweden’s State Secretary Mikael Sandström, Head of the Moderate Party Policy Coordination Office, shed light on recent developments in Swedish politics. The title of the talk was “How has the Swedish Model influenced British Politics“.

2011 SWEDISH PUNSCH BALL

Over 470 members and gests of the Society wined, dined and danced the night away in a traditional Swedish manner at the Hurlingham Club in London. After a welcome speech by the Society’s chairman, Alexander Malmaeus, Martina Westin conducted proceedings as toastmaster. Astrid Trolle Adams and Simon Clement-Davis created a stir with their odes to...

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Strawberry Hill House

Members enjoyed a private tour after the first phase of an extensive restoration project. Accompanied by an experienced guide and we visited parts of the house not usually open to the general public. We met for coffee in the cloister before the tour while after the 1 ½ hours tour lunch was available. Strawberry Hill...

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Drinks Reception with music at the Ambassador’s Residence

The Society’s Patron and Swedish Ambassador, Nicola Clase, kindly invited our members to a drinks reception at her Residence. There was a short musical programme by our Scholars. Some 130 members managed to get through the winter’s first major snow storm in order to attend. The Ambassador also presented our recently retired Secretary, Mrs Kari Hedly, with...

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HOUSE OF LORDS DINNER

The Society’s President, Baroness Maddock, hosted a dinner for members and their guests in the Atlee Room at the House of Lords when she was able to say a few words about life behind the scenes at Parliament. Baroness Maddock is a former member of the House of Commons and married to Sir Alan Beith...

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Gala Nordic Concert at Guildhall Great Hall

The grand official London opening of the Swedish EU Presidency at the historic Guildhall in London. The renowned Nordic Symphony Orchestra featuring trombonist and conductor Christian Lindberg played in the presence of HRH The Crown Princess of Sweden.

90th Anniversary Dinner at the Ambassador’s Residence

The Society’s Patron, H E Staffan Carlsson, the Swedish Ambassador gave a celebration dinner during which the the Society’s music scholars performed. In excess of £5000 was raised for the Scholarship Fund. A thank you speech was given by the Society’s newly elected Vice-President, Mr Anthony Ardwedson, who also took the opportunity to convey his best...

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Reception at the Swedish Ambassador’s residence

The Swedish Ambassador, Mr Staffan Carlsson, once again very kindly hosted a reception in his beautiful residence for members of the Anglo-Swedish Society. Entertainment by our scholars was added to a memorable evening.

Private visit to Buckingham Palace

This year marked the Diamond Wedding Anniversary of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. To mark the occasion, the annual Summer opening of their London residence, featured a special display of the wedding dress as well as the splendid cloths and jewels, worn by the royal family for the occasion.   Members enjoyed a...

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AN EVENING WITH GUSTAF FRÖDING

On a short visit to London, acclaimed actress Margaretha Byström from Dramaten in Stockholm and pianist Lasse Zachrisson generously agreed to introduce us to our national poet – in song. During this exiting evening, they performed 24 of Fröding’s poems, all set to music. Wine and nibbles were served.

National Portait Gallery

As the gallery is celebrating its 150th successful year, members marked this occasion with a visit. Chief curator Jacob Simon gave us a guided tour which concentrated on the gallery’s contemporary portrait. Everyone enjoyed a glass of wine in the Portrait Restaurant before the tour.

Visit to James Purdey & Sons

The list of notable people who have owned Purdey guns is endless. Members were received in the magnificent Long Room of the firm’s Mayfair headquarters and were greeted by Mr Richard Purdey, whose great great grandfather founded Purdey’s in 1814. Everyone enjoyed his talk on the firm’s interesting history over a glass of wine which was...

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Ålagille, Annual Eel Feast

The annual eel dinner was a popular event for a number of years. The Dinner was prepared by Swedish Chef Christian Sandefeldt and the event was held in the pleasant dining room at the gastropub Phene Arms. Members enjoyed three different eel dishes, Swedish apple pie with vanilla cause and drinks.

Visit to Clarence House

Members visited the late Queen Mother’s beautifully restored London Home, now the London home of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. After the visit, afternoon tea was served at Inn The Park, the nearby restaurant at St. James’ Park.

HOUSE OF LORDS RECEPTION

The Society’s President, Baroness Maddock, hosted a reception in the House of Lords. It was held in the Cholomondely Room, with a splendid terrace overlooking The Thames. The event coincided with a lively pro-hunt demonstration outside Parliament, and the Society’s guests had to push their way through a lively crowd to get the party.

2004 FRIENDSHIP BALL

A celebration of the 350th anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship between England and Sweden at the Dorchester Hotel. The guests of honour were HM the King and Queen of Sweden and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. Also in attendance were Archbishop KG Hammar, their excellencies the Swedish an Finnish ambassadors, and 350 distinguished guests....

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