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by Dr Sally LK Garden - Founder of The Grieg Society of Scotland

13th March. 2024

We were delighted to welcome Sally Garden - a member of the Society - to tell us about her long-time passion in the history of Edvard Grieg, and his very talented wife, Nina Grieg.

Sally did a good job of enlightening us about Edvard’s Caledonian connections, and his very talented wife, Nina Grieg. She was not only a wonderful singer, but also a concert pianist.  We were even treated to concert recordings when Edvard and Nina played the piano as a duet.  Follow this link to view a short video clip from the talk.

A most interesting talk, and Sally got us all to sing!  

However, she did help by singing this short song about the poet sitting overlooking a battle…

Jeg tog min nystemte Cithar i Hænde, I took my newly tuned guitar in my Hand Sorgen forgik mig på Ulrikkens Top; Sorrow passed me by on Ulrikkens Top Tænkte på Bauner, om de skulde brænde, Thought about beans, if they were to burn, Og byde Mandskab mod Fienden op; And bid warriors success against the Enemy; Følede Freden, blev glad i min Ånd. Felt the Peace, became happy in my Spirit. Og greb til min Cithar med legend Hånd. And grasped my guitar with a familiar Hand. Views from Ulrikken - words by Johan Nordahl Brun (this rough translation by Garry Irvine).

Sally is the founder of the Grieg Society of Scotland - one of many Grieg societies across the globe. No surprise that Grieg’s music was appreciated by many, and travelled far - much to the delight and surprise of Edvard Grieg himself. The website Grieg Society of Scotland has lots of interesting articles, including an excellent discussion with Fumie Masaki…. of the Grieg Society of Japan.  If anyone is interested in joining go to in your browser.

Sally closed by talking about the future and expressed her hope of finding a permanent place for the Greig Society of Scotland, in Scotland. Ragne Hopkins gave the vote of thanks.

The Society was delighted to present Sally with a donation in appreciation and support for her work with the Grieg Society of Scotland. She was most grateful and thanked us on behalf of their committee.

Garry Irvine - President of the Scottish Norwegian Society (Glasgow).

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by Dr Andrew Orr, GP & Historian

This fascinating talk by Andrew captivated everyone in the room. Andrew told us about his 20 year journey through which he was driven forward by some unknown motivation to complete his second book Flight of the Vikings.

You can read about this in the following document. Feel free to download it for personal use only. Please, remember it is copyright by Andrew Orr, and republishing it, or using the images will infringe his copyright and will be severly dealt with.

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January 13th 2024, Kelvinside Hillhead Church Hall

This mini orchestra, made up of Richard Powell on the piano, John on guitar, Anneli with the trombone, and Katherine with her cello was knitted together by Richard. They performed brilliantly in the Church Hall of the Kelvinsiode Hillhead Parish Church. The eager audience gave their welcome voices was added to by a group of Scouts.

Here is one of he short video s I took during this fun event. Next year we hope to have an even bigger orchestra and doplan to join us... we will be using the same venue.

Check out this link to hear the programme created by Richard and enjoyed by all.

If you happened to be there, do leave your comments there too...

Garry Irvine, 16th January 2024

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