Norway has strong ties with Orkney and every year, Orkney is gifted two Christmas trees from Norway, one from Grimstad and one from Hordaland. The Tree from Grimstad is a gift to the St. Magnus Cathedral and the Tree from Hordaland is a gift to the Orkney Island District Council. The Lighting ceremonies are now part of the Orkney Winter Festival.
In connection with the events, the Convener of Grimstad, Mr Svein Harberg and the Convener of Hordaland, Mrs Torill Selsvik Nyborg will visit Orkney. They will be accompanied by a number of talented musicians who will perform at the following times and locations:
Wednesday 1st December, 7.30pm: Concert in Stromness Church of Scotland with the Stromness Junior Band, the Delinquents, The Church Choir, The Orkney Traditional Music Project and the Music Ensemble of Hordaland.
Thursday 2nd december, 2pm-2.45pm: Music Ensemble of Hordaland takes part in a School Concert at Shapinsay Primary School.
Friday 3rd December, 5pm: Tree Lighting at Orphir followed by the Music Ensemble of Hordaland in Orphir Primary School.
Friday 3rd December, 7pm: Tree Lighting followed by a Concert with Music Ensemble of Hordaland, Firth School Choir and Kirkwall Town Band in Firth Church Hall.
Saturday, 4th December, 3pm: Music Ensemble of Hordaland on Kirk Green Steps.
Saturday 4th December, 7.30pm: Hordaland Tree and Festive Light Switch on in Kirkwall by the Convener of Hordaland, Mrs Torill Selsvold Nyborg.
Sunday 5th December, 11.15am: Morning Service in St. Magnus Cathedral including Music Ensemble of Hordaland and Switch on of the Grimstad Tree Lights.
Sunday 5th December: Concert by the Skala Band (Hordaland) and the Mayfield Singers in St. Magnus Cathedral.
For a full programme of the events Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th, please click here.
For a full programme of the Lighting Ceremony in St. Magnus Cathedral on Saturday 4th December, please click here.
For more information, please contact the Orkney Island District Council.