By Sabine Clement, November 5, 2012
In this beautiful two-storey building, Magne Furuholmen, Morten Harket and Paul-Waaktaar-Savoy will be entering knighthood tomorrow.
With a large bust of Edvard Grieg just next to the main entrance and the old Akershus Fortress situated at its side, this is surely the place where musicians and nobility would meet.
Gamle Logen (‘Old Lodge’) was built in 1837, as a cultural and musical meeting place for the Freemasons. In 1844, its Store Sal (‘Main Hall’) was inaugurated. This beautiful hall in late Empire style is where all three a-ha members will receive the Officer’s Cross of the Royal Order of Saint Olav. They will receive the Cross from HRM King Harald of Norway, who, as Grandmaster In the Royal Order of St. Olav, is also the head of the order.
One day prior to the event, all is quiet and peaceful at Gamle Logen. The interior is bathed in relative rest, and there is no hubbub of last-minute preparations. Just inside the entrance doors, you enter a small hallway, which almost immediately leads up to the Grand Staircase. Lush red carpets beckon the visitor upstairs, and two tall vases with large white orchids accompany you on the way up. On the way to the Store Sal, you pass several richly decorated nooks and corners, with plush chairs and velvety carpets – the ideal setting for some Freemasons’ private conversations of days gone by.
The Store Sal is filled with neat rows of chairs. This is where all the guests of tomorrow’s ceremony will be seated. Among them, a-ha’s family and closest friends, representatives from media and the music industry and a-ha fans from various countries, who were the lucky winners of a-ha.com’s competition. The stage is empty but for one covered-up grand piano; the chandeliers hang down in silence.
Today, all is still quiet at Gamle Logen. King Harald is on his way back from Svalbard, several fan guests are still hunting down a dress for the occasion, and Paul, Magne and Morten… Who knows? They may be going through the protocol motions right this moment, to prepare for the big day tomorrow.
Tags: Awards, Norway, Order of St. Olav