The Swedish Organ

Thursday 16 September 2021, 12.00 noon

Join us for a lunchtime delight in the beautiful historical setting of Swedish Church London! Hidden gems from the organ repertoire by past and present Swedish composers, J.H. Roman and Kurt Wiklander. All presented by London-based Swedish organ virtuoso, Fredrik Karlsson.

In collaboration with the Swedish Church Lunchtime Concert Series.

Free entry. All welcome!

Songs of the Nordic Forest

Friday 17 September 2021, 7.00pm

Around the comfort of a glowing hearth, stories have always been passed down through the generations. Tales of bygone love and loss, great kings and battles, mysterious woodland creatures and the immense beauty of the natural world surrounding us. Whether in midsummer magic or harvest toil, our songs and stories about the sweet scent of the roses and rippling waves behind the swans continue their silent miracles in the Nordic forests.

Northern Star Festival Artistic Directors Yu-Wei Hu (flute) and Johan Löfving (theorbo/guitar) are joined by soprano Emily Atkinson to create a unique sound world for an evening of intimate music-making in candlelight. Forgotten jewels from the North and the continent will take us back to the tranquility and brilliancy of the 18th and 19th centuries.

J.H. Roman Sonata in G major for flute and bass continuo

Sonata in D major for flute and bass continuo

Aria from Bröllops Music

Aria from Cantata in einer Taffel-music

W. Stenhammar Romanza

C.W. Gluck Dance of the Blessed Spirits from opera Orfeo et Euridice

J. Wikmanson Sonata in b minor

F. Mendelssohn Hensel Schwanenlied

W. Peterson-Berger Till Rosorna


Musica Notturna

Saturday 18 September 2021, 7.00pm

The Festival’s final concert features the United Strings of Europe (USE), led by Artistic Director Julian Azkoul. USE regularly commissions and arranges music from a variety of musical cultures and backgrounds. For their closing concert, they bring their united vision that music and ensemble playing can enrich people’s lives. The concert is supported by the Marchus Trust.

L. Boccherini Musica Notturna delle Strade di Madrid (arr. Azkoul)

F. Mendelssohn Octet in E-flat Op. 20

R. Strauss Sextet from Capriccio

Anon. Scandinavian Folk Songs