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Since 1950
Linking and supporting Scandinavian societies
Since 1950
Linking and supporting Scandinavian societies
Since 1950
Linking and supporting Scandinavian societies
Since 1950
Linking and supporting Scandinavian societies
Since 1950
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Sakari Oramo, the current Chief Conductor of both the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, was delighted and honoured to be presented with CoScan's renowned International Award 2018 on 17 October.

Sakari accepted this prestigious award at a concert presented by the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican in London, which was also broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Sakari was conducting three 20th century masterpieces, each composed in the shadow of World War II, in a concert of musical and emotional contrasts - a programme of 20th century greats, bookended by two great Russian symphonies. Shostakovich’s startlingly buoyant Ninth Symphony couldn’t be further from the sombre contemplation and mourning of Prokofiev’s Sixth Symphony, a musical portrait of post-war ‘wounds that cannot be healed’.

Mark Elliott, CMG, President of CoScan, introduced the organisation: "CoScan, the Confederation of Scandinavian Societies, includes all the main groups which bring together Scandinavians living in this country, and others here with a close interest in the region. Our total membership is several thousand across the United Kingdom. A few of us - like me - are British with a British partner. But most CoScan members have at least one family member born in one of the five Nordic countries. What we all have is great respect - even passion - for our part of Northern Europe, with a shared history and culture. The five Nordic embassies in London are our patrons, and we work together. Our member societies do all the usual things – lectures, film evenings, cultural outings – and CoScan keeps them in touch with each other. CoScan was founded more than 60 years ago and I have been President for over 15 years.

Dr Eva Robards, Chairman of CoScan, described the award, "The CoScan International Award celebrates an achievement of outstanding merit by an individual, body or group related to one or more of the five Nordic countries. The award recognises those who have added public lustre to any of the Nordic countries and who have caused the British, and others outside the region, to view those countries with even greater affection and respect."
"The first recipient was the city of Lillehammer, for the extraordinary achievement in hosting the Winter Olympics in 1994.

Among other recipients are: • The Nordic Optical telescope • The Øresund consortium – which built the bridge between Denmark and Sweden • The Swedish diplomat Hans Blix - former Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, • The Swedish/Norwegian physicist Christer Fuglesang who participated in two spaceflight missions (including five spacewalks), • Mika Häkkinen, the Finnish racing driver, • The Swedish tennis star, Stefan Edberg, • And last year, Danish presenter Sandi Toksvig"

Eva Robards then presented the award to Sakari saying, “Sakari Oramo, you are a most worthy winner of the CoScan International Award. Over many years you have raised the profile of Scandinavia’s great musical riches in the UK, and indeed you have done the same for British musical culture in Scandinavia. In the 20th and 21st century, a large number of Finnish conductors have acquired international fame. You in particular have been visible to the UK’s audiences. As Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 1998 to 2008, you worked to increase the appreciation of classical music among new audiences, and to inspire young musicians. For this you were awarded an OBE for services to music in Birmingham. And since 2013, you have been Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra – bringing music from the Nordic countries (including symphony cycles of Finland’s Jean Sibelius and Denmark’s Carl Nielsen) to BBC Radio 3, and conducting the Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall no less than three times. Maestro Oramo, we are proud to present the CoScan International Award of 2018 to you."

On receiving the award, Sakari Oramo replied, "I am delighted and honoured to accept this award from CoScan, the Confederation of Scandinavian Societies, an organisation linking and supporting Scandinavian and Nordic societies. I believe strongly that music, the most powerful of all art forms, affects our feelings and thoughts on all levels. For me to be able to bring the UK and the Nordic nations closer together through making music in London, Stockholm and around the globe, it is truly an honour and a privilege. Thank you very much indeed!”
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Sakari Oramo, the current Chief Conductor of both the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, was delighted and honoured to be presented with CoScan's renowned International Award 2018 on 17 October.

Sakari accepted this prestigious award at a concert presented by the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican in London, which was also broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Sakari was conducting three 20th century masterpieces, each composed in the shadow of World War II, in a concert of musical and emotional contrasts - a programme of 20th century greats, bookended by two great Russian symphonies. Shostakovich’s startlingly buoyant Ninth Symphony couldn’t be further from the sombre contemplation and mourning of Prokofiev’s Sixth Symphony, a musical portrait of post-war ‘wounds that cannot be healed’.

Mark Elliott, CMG, President of CoScan, introduced the organisation: "CoScan, the Confederation of Scandinavian Societies, includes all the main groups which bring together Scandinavians living in this country, and others here with a close interest in the region. Our total membership is several thousand across the United Kingdom. A few of us - like me - are British with a British partner. But most CoScan members have at least one family member born in one of the five Nordic countries. What we all have is great respect - even passion - for our part of Northern Europe, with a shared history and culture. The five Nordic embassies in London are our patrons, and we work together. Our member societies do all the usual things – lectures, film evenings, cultural outings – and CoScan keeps them in touch with each other. CoScan was founded more than 60 years ago and I have been President for over 15 years.

Dr Eva Robards, Chairman of CoScan, described the award, "The CoScan International Award celebrates an achievement of outstanding merit by an individual, body or group related to one or more of the five Nordic countries. The award recognises those who have added public lustre to any of the Nordic countries and who have caused the British, and others outside the region, to view those countries with even greater affection and respect."
"The first recipient was the city of Lillehammer, for the extraordinary achievement in hosting the Winter Olympics in 1994.

Among other recipients are: • The Nordic Optical telescope • The Øresund consortium – which built the bridge between Denmark and Sweden • The Swedish diplomat Hans Blix - former Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, • The Swedish/Norwegian physicist Christer Fuglesang who participated in two spaceflight missions (including five spacewalks), • Mika Häkkinen, the Finnish racing driver, • The Swedish tennis star, Stefan Edberg, • And last year, Danish presenter Sandi Toksvig"

Eva Robards then presented the award to Sakari saying, “Sakari Oramo, you are a most worthy winner of the CoScan International Award. Over many years you have raised the profile of Scandinavia’s great musical riches in the UK, and indeed you have done the same for British musical culture in Scandinavia. In the 20th and 21st century, a large number of Finnish conductors have acquired international fame. You in particular have been visible to the UK’s audiences. As Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 1998 to 2008, you worked to increase the appreciation of classical music among new audiences, and to inspire young musicians. For this you were awarded an OBE for services to music in Birmingham. And since 2013, you have been Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra – bringing music from the Nordic countries (including symphony cycles of Finland’s Jean Sibelius and Denmark’s Carl Nielsen) to BBC Radio 3, and conducting the Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall no less than three times. Maestro Oramo, we are proud to present the CoScan International Award of 2018 to you."

On receiving the award, Sakari Oramo replied, "I am delighted and honoured to accept this award from CoScan, the Confederation of Scandinavian Societies, an organisation linking and supporting Scandinavian and Nordic societies. I believe strongly that music, the most powerful of all art forms, affects our feelings and thoughts on all levels. For me to be able to bring the UK and the Nordic nations closer together through making music in London, Stockholm and around the globe, it is truly an honour and a privilege. Thank you very much indeed!”
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Sakari Oramo, the current Chief Conductor of both the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, was delighted and honoured to be presented with CoScans renowned International Award 2018 on 17 October.

Sakari accepted this prestigious award at a concert presented by the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican in London, which was also broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Sakari was conducting three 20th century masterpieces, each composed in the shadow of World War II, in a concert of musical and emotional contrasts - a programme of 20th century greats, bookended by two great Russian symphonies. Shostakovich’s startlingly buoyant Ninth Symphony couldn’t be further from the sombre contemplation and mourning of Prokofiev’s Sixth Symphony, a musical portrait of post-war ‘wounds that cannot be healed’.

Mark Elliott, CMG, President of CoScan, introduced the organisation: CoScan, the Confederation of Scandinavian Societies, includes all the main groups which bring together Scandinavians living in this country, and others here with a close interest in the region. Our total membership is several thousand across the United Kingdom. A few of us - like me - are British with a British partner. But most CoScan members have at least one family member born in one of the five Nordic countries. What we all have is great respect - even passion - for our part of Northern Europe, with a shared history and culture. The five Nordic embassies in London are our patrons, and we work together. Our member societies do all the usual things – lectures, film evenings, cultural outings – and CoScan keeps them in touch with each other. CoScan was founded more than 60 years ago and I have been President for over 15 years.

Dr Eva Robards, Chairman of CoScan, described the award, The CoScan International Award celebrates an achievement of outstanding merit by an individual, body or group related to one or more of the five Nordic countries. The award recognises those who have added public lustre to any of the Nordic countries and who have caused the British, and others outside the region, to view those countries with even greater affection and respect. 
The first recipient was the city of Lillehammer, for the extraordinary achievement in hosting the Winter Olympics in 1994. 

Among other recipients are: • The Nordic Optical telescope • The Øresund consortium – which built the bridge between Denmark and Sweden • The Swedish diplomat Hans Blix - former Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, • The Swedish/Norwegian physicist Christer Fuglesang who participated in two spaceflight missions (including five spacewalks), • Mika Häkkinen, the Finnish racing driver, • The Swedish tennis star, Stefan Edberg, • And last year, Danish presenter Sandi Toksvig

Eva Robards then presented the award to Sakari saying, “Sakari Oramo, you are a most worthy winner of the CoScan International Award. Over many years you have raised the profile of Scandinavia’s great musical riches in the UK, and indeed you have done the same for British musical culture in Scandinavia. In the 20th and 21st century, a large number of Finnish conductors have acquired international fame. You in particular have been visible to the UK’s audiences. As Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 1998 to 2008, you worked to increase the appreciation of classical music among new audiences, and to inspire young musicians. For this you were awarded an OBE for services to music in Birmingham. And since 2013, you have been Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra – bringing music from the Nordic countries (including symphony cycles of Finland’s Jean Sibelius and Denmark’s Carl Nielsen) to BBC Radio 3, and conducting the Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall no less than three times. Maestro Oramo, we are proud to present the CoScan International Award of 2018 to you.

On receiving the award, Sakari Oramo replied, I am delighted and honoured to accept this award from CoScan, the Confederation of Scandinavian Societies, an organisation linking and supporting Scandinavian and Nordic societies. I believe strongly that music, the most powerful of all art forms, affects our feelings and thoughts on all levels. For me to be able to bring the UK and the Nordic nations closer together through making music in London, Stockholm and around the globe, it is truly an honour and a privilege. Thank you very much indeed!”

The Egill Skallagrimsson Fund - deadline 31 October

The Egill Skallagrímsson Fund is a registered charity (no. 1060699) in the United Kingdom under the auspices of the Embassy of Iceland. The main objective of the Fund is to promote the culture and art of Iceland in the United Kingdom and Ireland and for this purpose it provides financial support for artistic endeavours. The first grant was awarded to The Icelandic Take Away Theatre to support the performance of the play The Lemon Sisters' at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1997.

Grants are awarded annually in November and are paid upon a the completion of a project. A short report will be required from all recipients of grants upon completion of the project. Grants are usually given on the basis of artistic merit and financial need. Applications must reach the Embassy on 31 October the latest. Applications can be sent by email or hard copy, please see contact details below.

Embassy of Iceland
2A Hans Street
London SW1X 0JE
Tel: +44(0)20 7259 3999
E-mail: emb.london@mfa.is
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Norwegian Church, London

Thursday 18 October
Talk by Irene Garland of Anglo-Norse Society, London
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