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Grieg Exhibition Opened

Almost 200 people had made their way to the City Art Centre to attend the official opening of the Grieg Exhibition Thursday 20th January. 

The Parliament's Deputy Presiding Officer Murray Tosh, along with other politicians and members from the cultural scene in Scotland were also present at the opening.

The exhibition looks at composer Edvard Grieg's life and music, and the relationship between his art and Norwegian national identity.

Cllr. Ricky Henderson (Edinburgh City Council) welcomed the guests and thanked all stakeholders for their contributions.

Mrs Ragna Sofie Grung Moe, Acting Director of the Grieg Museum in Bergen, and Cllr. Henning Warloe (Bergen City Council) spoke about the composer and mentioned several memorable monents in the Composer's life.

The Exhibition was then officially opened by Consul General Arne Sivertsen. The Consul General said that the lifetime of Edvard Grieg was also an important period in Norwegian history with a growing nationalism and interest in all things Norwegian. This period was a "golden age" for music, art and literature. Outstanding personalities such as Edward Grieg contributed to forming a common identity. It was therefore natural that the exhibition about Grieg had been chosen to kick off Norway’s centennial celebration in Scotland and indeed in the UK.

Afterwards, there was musical entertainment by students from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD).

Students Helene Dahlberg (Soprano), Anders Östberg (Baritone), Christoff Fourie (Cello) and Nico de Villiers (Piano) gave a fantastic act, performing pieces from Grieg and H.C. Andersen.

The exhibition is supported by the Grieg Museum, Hordaland County Council, the City of Bergen, the Friends of Troldhaugen, Edinburgh City Council and the Royal Norwegian Consulate General and runs from 22nd January to 16th April.

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