Upcoming events

Kaija Saariaho Memorial Concert at Kings Place

Jun 2, 2024

Kaija Saariaho Memorial Concert with The Carice Singers at Kings Place

Sunday 2 June 2024 6 p.m. (doors open 5.30 p.m.)

Address: Hall One, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG (next to King’s Cross Station)

Supported by the Anglo-Finnish Society

2 June 2024 marks the first anniversary of the death of Kaija Saariaho, the highly acclaimed Finnish composer who has left an enduring mark on the world of music. In her memory, The Carice Singers will perform three of Saariaho’s choral milestones including her final, powerful choral work Reconnaissance.

The programme also includes the UK premiere of Valossa (Towards the Light), a choral work by Lotta Wennäkoski, a former student of Saariaho.

The Carice Singers, founded by its artistic director, George Parris, on his 18th birthday in 2011, has carved out a unique place in the UK’s choral scene and beyond. Parris is also part of the Finnish music scene; notably he studied for a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting at the Sibelius Academy, graduating in 2021 with the highest mark for his final recital.

The Anglo-Finnish Society is proud to be supporting this event having helped with securing funding after the Finnish Institute was compelled to withdraw its own funding at short notice last month.

Please show your support for this celebration of one of Finland’s greatest composers and the best Finnish contemporary choral music by coming to Kings Place on 2 June.

Follow this link for further information and tickets: 

Kaija Saariaho Memorial Concert with The Carice Singers • Classical • Kings Place

Guided Walk in the Inns of Court

Jun 13, 2024

Guided Walk in the Inns of Court on Thursday, 13 June 2024 from 11 a.m.

Barrister Peter Hofford will take a group of up to 15 for a guided walk in the Inns of Court, including the Temple and Chancery Lane and possibly other places nearby. The walk will last approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. The cost is £10 per person. 

Please email the Hon. Secretary at secretary@anglofinnishsociety.org.uk if you wish to attend.

Nordic Societies’ Midsummer Lunch at Lincoln’s Inn

Jun 24, 2024

Four Nordic Societies’ Midsummer Lunch on Monday, 24 June 2024 at Lincoln’s Inn, London WC2A 3TL from 11.45 a.m. for 12.30

Together all four Nordic Societies in England – The Anglo-Danish Society, The Anglo-Finnish Society, The Anglo-Norse Society and The Anglo-Swedish Society – are organising a Midsummer Lunch on Monday, 24 June 2024 at 11.45 a.m. for 12.30 at Lincoln’s Inn. 24 June is of course the traditional Midsummer date before it was moved to the nearest Saturday.

The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn is the oldest of the four Inns of Court in the sense of surviving records dating back to 1422. The Great Hall was opened by Queen Victoria in 1845, this fine Hall complete with Minstrels’ Gallery, striking fresco and ceiling of beautifully worked oak is described as one of the most impressive surviving buildings of its kind in London.

A 3-course lunch with welcome drinks reception is offered at £45.00 per person inclusive of VAT.

The welcome drinks reception would be at the East Terrace overlooking the Benchers Lawn with tables and chairs or in case of poor weather in the bar area inside the Members Common Room (MCR).


Please note the dress code for lunch in the Great Hall is business or lounge suits, court dress or smart casual dress.

We would gather at the East Terrace or Members Common Room at about 11.45 to 12.00 and then move upstairs to the Great Hall, where we will have a reserved table at 12.30. There is a place to leave small bags and coats both in the MCR and upstairs in the Great Hall.

This event is now operating a waiting list for AFS members and guests depending in interest from the other Societies. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis and we can only accommodate guests if subscribing members of the Societies are fewer than the space available.

If you wish to attend, please inform the Hon. Secretary (with any special dietary requirements) no later than 31 May 2024 and ideally some time before that, preferably by email – secretary@anglofinnishsociety.org.uk


Pre-War Rolls-Royce Motor Cars with a Finnish Connection

Oct 10, 2024

Pre-War Rolls-Royce Motor Cars with a Finnish Connection – A Talk by Sir John Stuttard, KStJ, JP, FCA, Lord Mayor of the City of London from 2006 to 2007.

3 p.m. at the Allen Room at St Anne’s Church, Soho, 55 Dean Street, London, W1D 6AF.

A lunch for those attending the talk is planned before the talk in the Great Hall of Lincoln’s Inn, with further details to follow. 

Sir John has written a book Pre-War Rolls-Royce Motor Cars with a Finnish connection (available online).

In the 1920s as trade between Finland and the UK flourished, Finnish businessmen acquired Rolls-Royce motor cars.

Marshal Baron Mannerheim by Eero Järnefelt exhibited in the Ateneum 

The most famous Finn using a Rolls-Royce was Marshal Baron Mannerheim who used a 1915 Rolls-Royce as his staff car, which had been delivered to the Imperial Russian Army and came to be in Finland after Independence in 1917. It was used in 1924 after the Paris Olympics, conveying Paavo Nurmi (nine times Olympic gold medallist and three silver medals) as part of the welcoming party in Esplanadi, Helsinki.

More details to follow nearer the time.

Sir John’s book is available via Amazon. Net proceeds of sale will go to the Rolls-Royce charity (The Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation) which exists to provide prizes to auto-engineering apprentices, education about the history of Rolls-Royce cars and, most important, maintaining old records:

Pre-War Rolls-Royce Motor Cars with a Finnish connection : Stuttard, John: Amazon.co.uk: Books

Ateneum print of the 1907 advertising poster by Akseli Gallen-Kallela (even if not a pre-war Rolls-Royce)

Tour of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)

Nov 29, 2024

Tour of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), King Charles Street, London SW1A 2AH, Friday 29 November 2024. 

Following our popular FCDO tour earlier this year, we are organising another opportunity to enjoy this tour. 

Further details to be confirmed nearer the time.