Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit will visit the Orkney Islands on 16-17 June during the opening weekend of the annual St Magnus International Festival.
The commemoration of the 900th anniversary of St Magnus’ death in 2017 is a special occasion to celebrate the historical and enduring ties between Norway and the Orkney Islands.
Among other things, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess will attend the Royal Gala Opening Concert with the world premiere of I, Pilgrim, by the Norwegian dramatist Jon Fosse and with music by the Scottish composer Alasdair Nicolson. The music will be performed by the Trondheim soloists and BBC Singers.
The Orkney Islands takes this opportunity to celebrate their strong relationship with Norway, and this year’s St Magnus Festival sees a strong Norwegian presence with concerts with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK), The Trondheim Soloists and Bergen Cathedral Choir as well as workshops with the celebrity Norwegian knitters Arne and Carlos.
2017 is the 40th year of St Magnus International Festival – Orkney’s largest and oldest festival. For more information about the festival and the programme, see Norwegian Arts.