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Eleven Icelanders Get Order of the Falcon

Eleven persons were presented with the highest order of the Republic of Iceland, the Order of the Falcon, at the presidential residence Bessastaðir yesterday, as is customary on June 17, the Icelandic National Day.


President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson (far left) with this year’s recipients of the Order of the Falcon. Source: forseti.is.

The recipients were master chef Gissur Guðmundsson, chairman of the charity Hollvinir Grensásdeildar Gunnar Finnsson, musician Halldór Þorgils Þórðarson, dancer Ingibjörg Björnsdóttir, former principal Jóhannes Einarsson, author Kristín Marja Baldursdóttir, professor Ólafur Haralds Wallevik, Sigríður Hafstað from Tjörn in Svarfaðadalur, who has been active in social affairs and promoting the culture of her home region, biologist and environmentalist Sigrún Helgadóttir, driver Sæmundur Sigmundsson and manager Þórdís Bergsdóttir.

Also, during a special ceremony yesterday, Mayor of Reykjavík Jón Gnarr appointed choir conductor Þorgerður Ingólfsdóttir as the city’s honorary artist for 2012, ruv.is reports.

Þorgerður founded the choirs Kór Menntaskólans við Hamrahlíð in 1967 and Hamrahlíðarkórinn in 1982. Under her lead, the two choirs have won many awards at home and abroad.

Þorgerður is considered to have carried out invaluable pioneering work in musical and cultural education; close to 3,000 young adults have sung in her choirs, many of whom are among the nation’s foremost musicians today.

Click here to read more about the National Day.


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