British Grieg Society celebrates Edvard Grieg 175 years

Welcome to Grieg “Birthday” Concert
Saturday 16th June at 5.00pm

Place: Norwegian Church
London SE16

Recital by international concert pianist and composer Motoki Hirai.
Programme to include works by Hirai, Beethoven, Chopin and – of course! – Grieg.

Tea will be available from 4.00pm.
Tickets £12 (Society members £10) from
Wendy Howell: e-mail
or on the door.


International Scientific Conference in Zythomyr, Ukraine

Theme: Norway-Ukraine: The dialogue of the cultures. Genesis
Zhytomyr, Ukraine, 27 April 2018

Concert of Norwegian and Ukrainian music

The conference takes place in the context of the II International Event of the Ukrainian Edvard Grieg Society on the basis of the Victor Kosenko Zhytomyr Music College.

Conference languages: English, Ukrainian, Russian
Application deadline: 1 March 2018

Main themes of the conference:

  • Slavic and Scandinavian ancient cultures;
  • folk traditions of Norway and Ukraine;
  • formation of the national culture and the language of these countries;
  • national elements in the professional music art of Norwegian and Ukrainian composers;
  • elements of Ukrainian and Norwegian folklore in foreign arts;
  • outstanding folklorists from Norway and Ukraine;
  • folk traditions in the culture of our time;
  • neo-folkloristic tendencies in musical practice of the XX-XXI centuries

    Call for papers to be opened here:
    Call for papers Ukraine 2018

New Executive Committee and Presidentship 2017-2019

The new Executive Committee and Presidentship 2017-2019 was elected at the IGS General Assembly Meeting in Bergen 29 October 2017, and consists of:
Einar Røttingen, Chair, Pianist, Professor, the Grieg Academy – Department of Music, University of Bergen
Einar RottingenSigne Bakke, Pianist,  Associate Professor, the Grieg Academy – Department of Music, University of Bergen
Signe Bakke(photo: Hans Knut Sveen)
Arnulf Mattes, Musicologist, leader of Centre for Grieg research, University of Bergen
Arnulf MattesNjål Sparbo, Singer, Oslo
Njaal Sparbo_kredit Elisabeth Wathne(Photo: Elisabeth Wathne)
Sigurd Sandmo, Director, KODE Composer Homes
Sigurd Sandmo(Photo: Hallvard Lyssand)
Sandra Mogensen, Denmark
Siebert Nix, The Netherlands
Marketa Štefková, Slovakia
Wojciech Stępień, Poland
Liubov Syniak, Ukraine
President: Beryl Foster, Great Britain,
writer, reseracher, singer
Leader of the British Grieg Society
Beryl FosterDeputy to the President:
Sylvia Reynolds Eckes, USA, 
Professor Emerita, Piano, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio Sylvia Eckes

Information on the Grieg Societies in USA

Report from the Edvard Grieg Society of America 2017
by IGS Vice President Sylvia Eckes
Sylvia Eckes
There are six Edvard Grieg societies in America, four of which have been formed since 2015:
the Edvard Grieg Society of America, based in Florida
the Edvard Grieg Society of the Great Lakes; based in Indiana
the Edvard Grieg Society of the Dakotas, based in North Dakota
the Northwest Edvard Grieg Society, based in Washington

The Societies are non-profit organizations and have already organized concerts, festivals, and established websites and Facebook pages. They were organized by performers who were inspired by the impact of the 2015 Grieg Festival in Florida and wanted to continue activities in their regions that included all-Grieg concerts, presentations, and competitions. The new societies are focusing on forming alliances with the two established societies, the Edvard Grieg Society of New York and the Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota that will produce significant projects that bring Grieg to the public in many parts of the country.

Read the whole report here.
Report for General Assembly 2017_USA

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Edvard Grieg Society of America