On Tuesday evening the “Queen Sonja Art Stable” was inaugurated as a new concert venue in Norway’s capital, Oslo. A grand anniversary concert was held in honour of Her Majesty the Queen. The concert was part of the Oslo Chamber Music Festival and was the festival’s gift to Her Majesty for her 80th birthday; she has been the festival’s high protector since 1995.
“Queen Sonja means a lot to Norwegian culture. Her genuine interest in all art forms inspires both artists and the audience,” said the world renowned Norwegian violinist Arve Tellefsen. Tellefsen was among those who played at the concert for the Queen. On the programme for the concert were film, folk and classical chamber music works performed by some of Norway’s most talented artists.
Europe Correspondent for Royal Central, Oskar Aanmoen, was present at the concert and described the concert as beautiful and worthy of the Queen. After the concert, the Queen gave a short speech where she praised those who attended and thanked them for the great concert they had given her.
Earlier this summer, the old stable buildings at the Royal Palace in Oslo were turned into an art gallery and given to Queen Sonja from King Harald when the Queen turned 80-years-old. The stable buildings will, in the years to come, serve as a gallery with changing exhibits. This year, the two exhibitions are dedicated to Queen Maud of Norway’s photographs and Norwegian graphics. The stable that now houses Queen Sonja’s galleries was completed in 1848 and was used as a stable for the royal horses until 1940. Concerts and lectures will also be held there occasionally, as well.
Since the art stable opened just over a month ago, 15,000 people have visited the gallery.