|Patrons||Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, H E the Swedish Ambassador to the Court of St James|
A bridge in the English and Swedish calendars, the Anglo-Swedish Society in London, has celebrated the strong bond between the two nations since 1918.
The Society was founded in 1918, and set up an office with club room and library at 10 Staple Inn, High Holborn. Its first patrons were HRH the Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden, the Duke of Connaught, HE Count H Wrangel, Sir Esme Howard and Baron E. Palmstierna.
The Anglo-Swedish Society was one of several Anglo-European Societies established immediately after the First World War to promote greater understanding and friendship between nations. The impulse was clear: never again!
The Society’s first chairman, Sir Henry Penson, explained that it had been formed “to promote intellectual intercourse between the peoples of the British Empire and Sweden, assistance in arranging an interchange in educational facilities and the encouragement of reciprocal travel “. From an early stage, successful applicants were awarded travel stipends to undertake “a definite course of study”. These applicants tended to be from the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge.
In the two years after the establishment of the Anglo-Swedish Society in London, sister organisations were set up in Sweden: the British-Swedish Society in Stockholm in 1919 and the Anglo-Swedish Society in Gothenburg in 1920. The three worked closely together, and helped each other set up lending libraries. Summer holiday courses were soon organised in Sweden, comprising the “Swedish language, physical culture and gymnastics”. The courses received support from members of the Swedish Royal family and business enterprises in Sweden, who placed their houses and hospitality at the disposal of the Society.
A the Society provided an information service for Swedish visitors to London was also provided. By the 1930s, a thriving exchange programme between British and Swedish school children had been established.
In 1922, the Swedish Travel Association (also founded 1918) was amalgamated with the Anglo-Swedish Society. Its aims were to “afford opportunities for Swedish journalists to visit the United Kingdom”.
In 1924, an exhibition of Swedish art principally of the 1880s and 90s was exhibited at Burlington House. The exhibition was a collaboration of the Royal Academy of Art and the Anglo-Swedish Society. Some 400 paintings and sculptures were shown. Artists included Prince Eugen, Anders Zorn, Bruno Liljefors and Carl Larsson.
In 1931, Sir Harold Wernher, president of the Anglo-Swedish Society, presided over the Swedish Exhibition of Industrial Arts and Crafts at Dorland House, Lower Regent Street. It was inspired by the internationally renowned Stockholm Exhibition of 1930. The Anglo-Swedish Society was joint co-ordinator.
In April 1933, the Swedish composer Hugo Alfvén conducted the New Symphony Orchestra playing his own works at the Palladium. This was the composer’s first visit to the UK. The event was presided over by Princess Helena Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, the Swedish Minister and the Anglo-Swedish Society.
In 1933 Prince George (later George VI) was present at an Anglo-Swedish Society reception in honour of the Nobel Prize winners of Great Britain and Ireland. Among the many famous names were Rudyard Kipling, George Bernard Shaw and W B Yeats.
The annual dinners of the Anglo-Swedish Society were generally held in the late autumn, and it was common for members of the British and Swedish Royal families to be present. Crown Prince Gustav Adolf (later King Gustav VI Adolf) and Crown Princess Louise attended frequently. Crown Princess Louise was formerly Lady Louise Mountbatten, Earl Mountbatten’s sister. Prince Philip, Queen Louise’s nephew and Patron of the Society, has been a keen supporter of the Society’s events for several decades. In November 1934, Anthony Eden (then under-secretary for foreign affairs, 1955-57 Prime Minister) spoke about trade relations between Britain and Sweden at the Society’s annual dinner.
In addition to its own annual dinners, joint events were held most years from the 1920s to the 1960s with the Swedish BV Society (“Sällskapet Bärsärkar & Vikingar”). The most regular were the ones in honour of the birthday of King Gustav V and later of King Gustav VI Adolf. The president (“Jarl”) of BV generally presided while the chairman of the Anglo-Swedish Society and his wife received the guests. In June 1951, Vice-Admiral Earl Mountbatten of Burma and Countess Mountbatten attended a ball at the May Fair Hotel held by the Anglo-Swedish Society and the BV Society in honour of the officers and mid-shipmen of the Swedish Home Fleet then visiting the UK.
In March 1953, the Society held a reception in honour of Dag Hammarskiöld, Secretary-General of the United Nations.
In 1954 and 2004, the Society held balls at the Dorchester Hotel to celebrate the Treaty of Friendship between England and Sweden, probably the oldest trade treaty in Britain’s history. At the former event, the principal speaker was none other than the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr Profumo (the cause of the Profumo affair of 1963). At the latter, the King and Queen of Sweden, HRH Prince Philip, Archbishop KG Hammar and no fewer than 350 members of the Swedish colony in the UK attended.
In June 1969, the Society held its fiftieth anniversary dinner at the Dorchester Hotel. The guests of honour were the Ambassadors of Sweden, Denmark and Finland, Admiral of the Fleet Earl Mountbatten of Burma, Archbishop Emeritus Hultgren, the First Sea Lord and Lady Fanu and other dignitaries. This anniversary was mistakenly celebrated a year late, and the confusion is likely to have arisen from the fact that the Swedish-British Society was established in Stockholm in 1919.
The chronological anachronism was perpetuated as late as May 2009, when HE the Swedish Ambassador, Mr Staffan Carlsson held an elegant dinner for members and benefactors of the Society at his Residence. The Society's musical Scholars provided entertainment.
The Society acts as a fund-raising partner for Uppsala University and the Oncolytic Virus Fund. https://www.angloswedishsociety.org.uk/uppsala/
The Scholarships & Awards Fund was established in 2002 to provide scholarships and academic support together with grants for similar purposes.
The aims of the scholarships and awards are to enable young people from both countries to study or take part in cultural exchange programmes in the United Kingdom and Sweden. In addition, smaller grants are sometimes made to exceptional one-off cultural projects. Some examples are given in the annual reports.
The Society funds Swedish post-graduate students to attend the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The Society pays for a glass and ceramics exchange programme between the Royal College of Art and Konstfack and an award for a student from the Restaurant School at Nyköping to spend time at Heston Blumenthal's world-famous Fat Duck in Bray. The society also funds other disciplines and projects.
List of Scholars
|Susanna Andersson||2003-2004||Music - Soprano||Soprano who received support during her studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. While at the Guildhall Susanna won the prestigious Gold Medal Competition, graduated with a First Class Honours degree and went on to win the coveted Song Prize at the annual Kathleen Ferrier Awards. susanna-andersson.com|
|Martin Sturfält||2004-2005, 2006-2007||Music - Pianist||Pianist who received support for two years to study at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. Today, he is one of the most sought-after Swedish musicians of his generation, known especially for his recordings of the music of Wilhelm Stenhammar. martinsturfalt.com|
|Hannah Wåhlin||2004-2005||Music - Soprano||Soprano who received support during her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. hannawahlin.com|
|Lina Markeby||2005-2006||Music - Mezzo Soprano||Mezzo-soprano who undertook her initial vocal training in Sweden before coming to study in the UK at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.|
|Emilie Hörnlund||2005-2006||Music - Violist||Violist who received support to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Emilie Hörnlund was born in Gothenburg, Sweden. Emilie has worked with many leading orchestras in the UK and in Sweden including BBC Philharmonic, London Chamber and English Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Kungliga Filharmonikerna Stockholm.|
|Christian Maldonado||2005-2006||Visual Arts - Glass & Ceramics||Glass and ceramics artist from Konstfack who received support to spend 3 months at the Royal College of Art in London in spring 2006. Born in Santiago Chile, in 1977, Christian received his Masters from Konstfact Varutstallning in Ceramic Design from the Department of Ceramics and Glass in 2008.|
|Oskar Petersson||2005-2006||Culinary Art||Culinary Scholar from Nyköpings Restaurangskola who received support to spend a month at the Fat Duck in Bray.|
|Ida Garphagen||2006-2007||Culinary Art||Culinary Scholar who received support to spend a month at the Fat Duck in Bray. Afterwards Ida was employed as a pastry-chef at the Fat Duck until moving on to SOHO house in London, UK|
|Ulrika Wielander||2007-2008||Music - Violist||Violist graduate from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, in Performances, who received support during her studies.|
|Maria Olevik||2007-2008||Visual Arts - Glass & Ceramics||Glass and Ceramics MA graduate from Konstfack who received support to spend 3 months at the Royal College of Arts in Spring 2008. Maria has been featured in the Anthropologie Gallery at Rockefeller Center gallery in New York City, in 2010.|
|Zhou Lu||2007-2008||Visual Arts - Glass & Ceramics||Fine Art and Ceramic & Glass MA from the University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Konstfack. Lu received support to spend 3 months at the Royal College of Art in Spring 2008. Zhou.lu|
|Laura Birdsall||2007-2008||Visual Arts - Glass & Ceramics||Glass and Ceramics MA graduate from the Royal College of Art was supported to spend 3 months at Konstfack in Spring 2008. www.laurabirdsall.com|
|Oskar von Reis||2007-2008||Culinary Art||Culinary Scholar from Nyköpings Restaurangskola who received support to spend the month of October 2007 at the Fat Duck in Bray.|
|Nicky Smalley||2007-2008||Other - Language studies scholar||Nicky Smalley, from University College London, received support to attend Swedish language courses in Uppsala.|
|Fredrik af Klint||2008-2009||Music - Baritone||Baritone, supported by the Society to attend a Master Class of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, during the summer of 2008. His baritone done roles include Silvio in Pagliacci, Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Ernesto in Life on the Moon, the Count in Le nozze di Figaro, and Papageno in The Magic Flute. As a tenor, he has played the role of Faust in Faust Transformation (Folk Opera), Remendado of Carmen (Norrlandsoperan), Wharf in The Snow Queen (Norrlandsoperan), Bardolfo in Falstaff (Lacko Castle) and Don Basilio / Don Curzio / Jacquino in The Marriage of Figaro / Fidelio (Trilogy on Wermland Opera).|
|Mae Heydorn||2008-2009||Music - Mezzo Soprano||Mae was supported during her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She graduated with distinction. She was awarded the President’s Prize by Dame Gwyneth Jones at the Wagner Society Singing Competition 2014. She performs with orchestras throughout the country including the Leicester Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonic Choir, the University of Oxford, Faculty of Music Ensemble, The English Chamber Orchestra and the Southbank Sinfonia. maeheydorn.com|
|Oskar Palmblad||2008-2009, 2011-2012||Music - Baritone||Baritone and joint Music scholar at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama who received support in his fourth year and was supported by the Society for the second time. Concert experience includes recitals as a soloist in Sweden as well as in the UK, in 2011 Oskar sang the bass solo in Mozart Requiem in St Michael’s Church, Beccles, with the Kingfisher Sinfonietta conducted by Vetta Wise. His operatic experience includes the role of Ben Benny in Paul Bunyan (Britten) with British Youth Opera. Concert work includes the bass solo in Stravinsky’s Mass with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev, as well as a performance at Wigmore Hall as part of Guildhall Voiceworks.|
|Nao Matsunaga||2008-2009||Visual Arts - Ceramics||Glass and Ceramics MA graduate from the Royal College of Art who received support to spend 3 months at Konstfack in Spring 2009. He has exhibited internationally and has participated in artist-in-residence programs in countries including Cove Park, Scotland in 2010, Arizona State University Art Museum in 2013 and Cranbrook Academy of Art in Detroit in 2014. His work is featured in public collections such as the V&A and York Museum and in 2013 he won the British Ceramics Biannual award and the Jerwood Makers Open in 2012. naomatsunaga.com|
|Joanna Gunther||2008-2009||Visual Arts - Ceramics||Glass and ceramics MA graduate from Konstfack who received support to spend 3 months at the Royal College of Art in Spring 2009.|
|Katie Alderman||2008-2009||Visual Arts - Glass & Ceramics||Glass and Ceramics MA graduate from RCA who received support to spend 3 months at Konstfack in Spring 2009.|
|Robert Hägg||2008-2009||Culinary Art||Culinary scholar from Nyköpings Restaurangskola who received support to spend the month of April 2009 at the Fat Duck in Bray.|
|Moa Höijer||2008-2009, 2009-2010||Other -Language studies scholar||Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic BA student at Cambridge who was awarded sponsorship for her studies.|
|Oskar Värninge||2009-2010||Music - Guitarist||Guitarist who received support during his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.|
|Lisa Stockham||2009-2010||Visual Arts - Glass & Ceramics||Glass and Ceramics MA graduate from the Royal College of Art who received support to spend 3 months at Konstfack in Spring 2010. In 2010 Lisa was awarded the Crafts Council Collect Trail Award, and has been featured in Ceramics Monthly “Exposure” (2014), Ceramics Review “Exhibitions” (2013), and Elle Decoration “Made to Treasure” (2013). Her works have been shown in galleries such as Saatchi Gallery London, Flow Gallery Notting Hill, and collector Preston Fitzgerald’s South Kensington Pop-up show. lisastockham.co.uk|
|Håkan Lindgen||2009-2010||Visual Arts - Glass & Ceramics||Glass and Ceramics MA graduate from Konstfack received support to spend 3 months at the Royal College of Art in Spring 2010.|
|Max Bell, Amanda Belsham & Erica Cushworth||2009-2010||Other - British scouts||Ad hoc funding has gone to a team of English youngsters to compete in the world's largest under-14s ice-hockey tournament and towards sending 135 English Scouts and Guides to Kalix in Northern Sweden.|
|Ben Payne||2009-2010||Other - Writer and theatre director||Writer, dramaturg theatre director who was given financial support to spend a week in December at the Silent Theatre/Riksteatern in Stockholm, researching a drama project for young people with a hearing impediment. Ben specialising in new writing for theatre. He was previously Literary Manager and Associate Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre where he established Transmissions, the company’s ground-breaking young playwrights’ scheme and programmed the work of The Door, the Rep’s new writing theatre. Ben is the Co-director and co-founder of The Ministry of Stories, a creative writing and mentoring centre for young people in east London founded in 2010.|
|Rikard Aldén||2009-2010||Culinary Art||Culinary scholar from Nyköpings Restaurangskola, spent the month of November 2009 at the Fat Duck in Bray.|
|Natalie Gourman||2010-2011||Music - Pianist||Pianist who was supported during her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Natalie is now an established pianist who has performed throughout Sweden, Norway, Finland and England.|
|Amy Hughes||2010-2011||Visual Arts - Glass & Ceramics||Glass and Ceramics MA student from the Royal College of Art received support to spend 3 months at Konstfack in Spring 2011. amyjaynehughes.com|
|Charles Stern||2010-2011||Visual Arts - Glass||Glass MFA student from Konstfack who received support to spend 3 months at the Royal College of Art in Spring 2011. In 2012, Stern initiated a research project for the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm called Print Up! Here, the opportunities that 3D printing offers to artists were examined through a comparison between patented and open source systems.|
|Jesper Berggren||2010-2011||Culinary Art||Culinary scholar from Nyköpings Restaurangskola who received support to spend February 2011 at the Fat Duck in Bray.|
|Dagmar Zeromska||2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013–2014||Music - Soprano||Soprano who has completed her BMus (Honours) degree and Postgraduate studies at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She was supported for three years in all. Dagmar is now a frequent recitalist in London and regularly performs at different events in the UK and Scandinavia. Notably, she has sung in venues such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Barbican, Mansion House and The Dorchester. dagmarzeromska.com|
|Kristina Edin||2011-2012, 2012-2013||Music - Double Bass player||Double bass player who received support during her third year of the BMus (Hons) Classical course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.|
|Katy Jennings||2011-2012||Visual Arts - Ceramics||Ceramics student at the Royal College of Art who received support to spend 3 months in Konstfack in Spring 2012. Katy has shown her work at Kaolin Gallery, Stockholm as well as the London Design Festival and the Tallinn Applied Arts Triennial. Katy has also contributed to Selling Egypt’ Project at the Atkinson Museum in Southport where she worked with the Egyptian Collections creating a new retail range for the gift shop. Katy also has collaborated with Manifold and the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology at UCL. katyjennings.com|
|Julia Seger||2011-2012||Culinary Art||Culinary scholar from Nyköpings Restaurangskola who received support to spend a month at The Fat Duck in Bray.|
|Anna Tebelius||2011-2012||Other - PhD Scholar||PhD student at University College London where she undertook research on the Swedish author Willy Kyrklund. Anna has since held the position of Post-Graduate Teaching Assistant, University College London, where she taught seminars in the core-course Translations Studies on Translation and Communication in Contemporary Art and on Translating Experimental texts. Anna has enjoyed publications in book and journal articles, translations, reviews and academia. http://ucl.academia.edu/AnnaTebelius/CurriculumVitae|
|Nikisha Fogo||2011-2012, 2012-2013||Other - Ballet Dancer||Ballet dancer who was supported for two years until her graduation from the Royal Ballet School in 2013. Nikisha has subsequently enjoyed positions at the Vienna State Opera Ballet and BASE23 Stockholm Dance Academy.|
|Olivia Sjöberg||2012-2013||Music - Soprano||Soprano and BMus graduate who received support during her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.|
|Joel Andersson||2012-2013||Music - Violinist||Violinist and BMus graduate who received support during his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.|
|John Rainey||2012-2013||Visual Arts - Glass & Ceramics||Glass and ceramics MA graduate of the Royal College of Art who was supported during the spring of 2013 at Konstfack in Stockholm. johnrainey.co.uk|
|Sara Lundkvist||2012-2013||Visual Arts - Glass & Ceramics||Glass and ceramics graduate of Konstfack, received support to spend 3 months at the Royal College of Art in London in Spring of 2013. saralundkvist.com|
|Eric Seger||2012-2013||Culinary Art||Culinary scholar from Nyköpings Restaurangskola who received support to spend a month at the Fat Duck in Bray from 4 March 2013.|
|Joakim Tönnberg||2012-2013||Other - Video Editor||Joakim Tönnberg from London College of Communication, received a grant to help him produce his final year project, the short film ‘Nothing Kids’. tonnberg.com|
|Louisa Tatlow||2013-2014||Music - Violist||Violist and MMus graduate who received support during her studies at the Guildhall School of Music of Drama where she studied viola with Krzysztof Chorzelski. louisatatlow.com|
|Mette Colberg||2013-2014||Visual Arts - Glass||Glass artist from Konstfack who received support to spend 3 months at the Royal College of Arts in London in spring 2014. mettecolberg.com|
|Mella Shaw||2013-2014||Visual Arts - Glass & Ceramics||Glass and ceramics artist from the Royal College of Art in London who received support to spend 3 months at Konstfack in Stockholm in spring 2014. mellashaw.co.uk|
|Tony Andersson||2013-2014||Culinary Art||Culinary scholar from Nyköpings Restaurangskola who received support to spend February 2014 at The Fat Duck in Bray.|
|Amanda Svart||2013 - 2014||Other - Fashion Designer||Received financial support to allow her to stage her Degree Show at the University of Westminster to the acclaim of French Vogue. She went on to gain a coveted place in the Women's Fashion MA programme at the Royal College of Art. amandasvart.co.uk|
|Maja Ehliar||2013-2014||Other - Stage Manager||Received support during her studies in Stage Management at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.|
|Andreas Lindström||2013-2014||Other - Producer and Director of The Nordic Folksong.||Received support for the production of the documentary series that explores the lives of Scandinavian creatives living in England. nordicfolksong.com|
|Emilie Krugly Hill||2013-2014||Other - Co-Producer and Researcher of the Nordic Folksong||Received support for the production of the documentary series that explores the lives of Scandinavian creatives living in England. nordicfolksong.com|
|Adrian Ortman||2014-2015||Music - Percussionist||Adrian, was supported during his studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.|
|Hans Höglund||2014-2015||Music - Composer||Composer who is being supported during his post graduate studies at the Guildhall Artist programme in Composition at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.|
|Sonja Tanner||2014-2015||Visual Arts - Glass & Ceramics||Glass and ceramics student from Konstfack, who has received support to spend 3 months at the Royal College of Art in London in Spring 2015.|
|Tana West||2014-2015||Visual Arts - Glass & Ceramics||Glass and ceramics student from the Royal College of Art in London, who has received support to spend 3 months at Konstfack in Spring 2015. tanawest.co.uk|
|Johan Hugosson||2014-2015||Other - Composer of “Nordic Romance”||he Anglo-Swedish Society was the principal sponsor of Swedish composer Johan Hugosson’s “Nordic Romance” gala concert at St. James’s Church, Piccadilly, in November 2014. During the year 2016-2017 the Society is sponsoring Johan’s project to record a CD with his own compositions. johanhugosson.com|
|Tim Hansson Meng||2015-2016||Music - Classical Viola||Tim Hansson Meng is a Swedish viola player who is being supported in his fourth year Bachelor of Music course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.|
|Angelika Eklund||2015-2016||Music - Soprano||Angelika Eklund has received support to study at the Musical Theatre Academy on a 2-year musical theatre course.|
|Kira Phoenix K’inan||2015-2016||Visual Arts - Glass||Kira Phoenix K’inan at her Master of Arts Show at the Royal College of Art show in June 2015. She had been chosen to take part in the glass and ceramics exchange programme between the RCA and Konstfack, to take place in spring 2016. kpkinan.com|
|Mirja Leierth||2015-2016||Visual Arts - Ceramics||Mirja Leierth, a ceramic artist from Konstfack in Stockholm has received support to spend spring 2016 at the Royal College of Art in London.|
|Clara Torstensson||2015-2016||Culinary Art||Culinary scholar from Nyköpings Restaurangskola, was sponsored to spend 4 weeks in April 2016 at Heston Blumenthal’s world-famous Fat Duck restaurant in Bray.|
|Jonas Grimås||2015-2016||Other - Director, Writer, Producer||Jonas Grimås received support for the production of his book ‘THE FILM DIRECTOR PREPARES – Everything you need to know before you shout Action!!’ imdb.com|
Some 15 events per year are organised for members and guests. These are mostly of a social and educational nature, with some major fund-raising events.
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