‘From Norway with Grieg!’ – our novel music heritage tour & special Norwegian-Scottish concert will boost international friendship

The Grieg Society of Scotland is delighted to announce its first major project since the pandemic. From Norway with Grieg! music heritage tour & concert will see Troldhaugens Venner – Friends of the Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen, Bergen – and renowned Norwegian pianist Rune Alver come to Scotland in May to experience for themselves the deep cultural connexions and commonalities between the communities of eastern Scotland and western Norway.

Troldhaugen - summer home of Edvard & Nina Grieg
Troldhaugen in Bergen, the summer home for many years of Edvard & Nina Grieg, enjoys the support of Troldhaugens Venner (Friends of the Edvard Grieg Museum) whose fundraising and volunteer work helps maintain building and grounds for international visitors.

The Society will guide the 30-strong Friends group on a one-day music heritage tour to the gravestone and historic rural environs of composer Edvard Grieg’s Aberdeenshire ancestors, introducing them to the Society’s 2018 conservation project ‘Monumentally Grieg!’ at Rathen kirkyard, and to the area’s musical heritage.

Gables to the sea, stones to the sun, and music in the air. Preparing our music heritage tour of ‘Grieg country’! And looking forward to welcoming our international visitors, Troldhaugens Venner, from Norway.

After a few days visit to the Highlands, to Culloden, and to sites connected with WWII Kompani Linge, the group return to Aberdeen for a special collaborative concert on Saturday 13th May with Rune Alver and Scottish mezzo Sally Garden at the city’s welcoming and well-established music venue, Queen’s Cross Church.

The concert, of Norwegian and Scottish piano music and song, will bring together local community and international visitors in a fresh and informal meeting-through-music, making it an occasion for renewed North Sea friendship. It will also be the first occasion Rune Alver and Sally Garden have collaborated in concert together.


From Norway with Grieg!

The Grieg Society of Scotland present renowned Norwegian pianist Rune Alver and Scottish mezzo Sally Garden in a fun concert celebrating the musical talents and Scottish connections of Edvard Grieg and his wife, singer Nina Grieg. The artists will be joined by Friends of the Edvard Grieg Museum, Bergen, completing their tour of Scotland and visit to the ancestral grave of the Norwegian composer in Aberdeenshire. Come join us for an hour of inspirational piano music, song and international friendship – audience participation may be required!

From Norway with Grieg!
Saturday 13 May 2023 at 6:30pm
Queens Cross Church, Aberdeen
Tickets £8 at door (students, under 18s free) | Approx 60mins

Author: Dr Sally LK Garden