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Håkon Gullvåg
The Biblical Cycle -Paintings for a Cathedral
St Magnus Cathedral 20 June - 4 August 2014

Håkon Gullvåg is one of Norway's most prominent exponents of contemporary, religious art. He is also known for his portraiture, having painted many high-profile Norwegians, with his official portraits of the King and Queen being the most prominent. Originally created for Nidaros Cathedral, his Biblical Cycle has toured to Jerusalem and following the exhibition in St Magnus, it will go on to France and Poland. Some of the pictures have been recreated specially to fit in St Magnus and Håkon Gullvåg has created an altar-piece to St Magnus as a permanent gift to the Cathedral.

Opening times: Mon - Sat: 09:00 - 18:00 and Sun: 13:00 - 18:00

2014 Programme
The 2014 Festival celebrated connections with Norway and Italy and the 80th birthday of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies as well as Scotland's Year of Homecoming. We were joined by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers, the Trondheim Soloists, Sergei Leiferkus, Nicholas Daniel, Joan Rodgers, the Fidelio Trio, Astrid String Quartet and Hugo Ticciati.
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Festival on Tour

This year, Festival on Tour saw members of the BBCSSO perform in Hoy and Sanday: the two islands most associated with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

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