The King and Queen attend an opening concert at the Royal College of Music

On Thursday 26 January, The King and Queen attended an opening concert at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.

The Royal College of Music's new campus at the junction of Valhallavägen and Lidingövägen was completed in summer 2016. The formal opening ceremony was held on Thursday evening.

The King gave an opening speech, in which he said:

"Sweden is a country where music holds an important position. Many of us get great pleasure from the Swedish artists and composers who have enjoyed success around the world. And as a representative of Sweden, I feel a particular sense of pride at Sweden's many musical achievements. We even talk about 'the miracle of Swedish music'.

"However, these successes are not created in a vacuum. They are based on a long national tradition."

The King concludes his speech by beating in a fanfare. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

There were also speeches from the students' union, Deputy Principal Staffan Scheja and Minister for Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson.

The programme featured première performances by Karin Rehnqvist, Andrea Tarrodi and Jesper Nordin, as well as works by Benny Andersson and Kristina Lugn.

The Royal College of Music's symphony orchestra, chamber choir and soloists gave performances. The conductors were B Tommy Andersson and Cecilia Rydinger Alin.

During the opening concert in the King's Hall. The Royal College of Music's new campus includes four public concert halls for teaching and performances. The King's Hall is the largest of these, and is the college's main stage. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

The Royal College of Music

The Royal College of Music in Stockholmexternal link, opens in new window is Sweden's only independent university college for music. The college trains students at the highest international level in folk music, jazz/pop/rock music, classical music, conducting, composing, music and media production, and various music-related teacher training specialisations.

The Royal College of Music's new campus. Photo: Åke E-son Lindman

The opening concert was recorded by Radio Sweden's P2 Live and SVT. The concert will be broadcast on P2 on Thursday 9 February at 19:03. SVT will show a summary of the concert on SVT2 on 25 March at 20:00 (subject to changes to timings).