Scene Norway was a 10-day festival of Norwegian music and culture at Kings Place just after the venue opened. Serious were producing it and I was approached to plan and production manage the event, a three month assignment.

Fiona Talkington curated the artistic programme - Norway is a particular passion of hers - and the lineup was laden with virtuosos and vanguard creators such as Arve Henriksen, Mari Boine, Bugge Wesseltoft, Sidsel Endresen, Terje Isungset, Karl Seglem and Nils Petter Molvaer.

It also included Punkt, the live remixing festival led by Jan Bang and Karl Honore, an Iain Ballamy premiere featuring the London Sinfonietta, and sets from Sweet Billy Pilgrim and the enigmatic trumpeter Jon Hassel. A rich vein of extraordinary music.

 
 

It did not come without problems however. The venue was just up and running and staff were already pushed to capacity; Punkt had some serious technical requirements; and Terje Isungset needed to store his ice horn somewhere!

I met Terje at Heathrow a week or so before his performance to pick up the horn which was made from pure Norwegian lake ice - it was on a trolley encased in polystyrene and it was a nervous taxi ride getting it back to Kings Place. I bought a freezer to store it in in the back corridors of the venue and later, when we had more ice to store, I persuaded the friendly in-house caterers to keep it in their walk-in freezer alongside the meat.