After borrowing the Lofoten Kulturhus concert grand piano for two years, there was suddenly something missing in the Lofoten Cathedral. Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival 2009 was also held for the first time without concerts in Lofoten Cathedral. This was not well liked in Kabelvåg.
A loyal audience member for the festival – Elisabeth Mowinckel from Bergen – with roots in Kabelvåg – took the first initiative. In January 2010, she contacted Knut Kirkesæther with a wish to start a fundraising campaign. Kirkesæther thought the time was not right as there had been several grand piano cases recently. Mrs Mowinckel, however, did not allow herself to be stopped so easily.
Committed people in front
Elisabeth Mowinckel herself contacted the leader of the church council, then Nan Andersen. She presented the case and was herself willing to invest a considerable amount as start-up capital. Andersen then called Knut Kirkesæther to hear what a suitable grand piano in the Lofoten Cathedral would cost. For a church with room for over 1200 people, it was without a doubt most relevant with Steinway & Son’s largest model D. This then cost around 1.000.000,-. Nan Andersen was completely silent for a few seconds, before she said: OK!
After 2 weeks, late on a Friday night, Nan Andersen contacted Knut Kirkesæther again. She was then at a dinner with the local branch of Sparebank 1 Nord-Norge in Kabelvåg. The bank celebrated its 150th anniversary and had handed over a check for 500,000 to a grand piano in the Lofoten Cathedral.
The rest of the money was raised at a rapid pace. After only one month of fundraising, a new Steinway & Sons model D was ordered for the Lofoten Cathedral. During the same years festival – 10. July more specifically – it was the couple Ami and Pascal Rogé who got the honor of inaugurating the grand piano in the then newly renovated Lofoten Cathedral. The concert was recorded for NRK P2.
Recording on the grand piano in Lofoten Cathedral:
- Marianne Beate Kielland and Nils Anders Mortensen: “Früh” (2012), song by Schönberg, Berg and Webern
- Marianne Beate Kielland and Nils Anders Mortensen: “Sæle Jolekveld” (2012), with others.
- Marianne Beate Kielland and Nils Anders Mortensen: “Grieg” (2013), songs by Garborg, Vinje and Grieg.