On Tuesday 16 December, The King and Queen held an audience with Anna Eklund-Tarantino, the new Artistic Director of the Royal Palace Music Festival, and Göran Groth, Chairman of the Friends of the Royal Palace Music Festival. The King is patron of the Royal Palace Music Festival.
Anna Eklund-Tarantino will take over as Artistic Director from Mats Liljefors, who was tasked in 1970 by King Gustaf VI Adolf with organising concerts at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.
The Friends of the Royal Palace Music Festival, also founded in 1970, now has more than 650 members.
Tell us about the Royal Palace Music Festival.
It's an international music festival with a high artistic profile. The festival consists of Young Music at the Palace, which is held in January and at which the stars of the future are presented, and the Royal Palace Music Festival itself, held in September, featuring established musicians.
Tell us about the programme for Young Music at the Palace in January
The performers will include students from the University College of Opera, the Royal College of Music, Södra Latin, Fryshuset, the Falun Conservatory of Music and a foreign academy. There will be two main performances, Queen Christina's Dances and the opera Norma by Bellini. We'll be inviting school pupils from Stockholm County to Young Music at the Palace. The concerts are free, and for many people this will be their first encounter with music, the city and the palace.