Behind the Scenes at the Polar Music Prize

Wow… what a whirlwind! Two jam-packed days dedicated to music, a journey that I’m ecstatic to have shared with my mum, Isobel, and my first childhood percussion teacher, Ron Forbes. Here’s a sneaky glimpse at what was happening behind the scenes, including some official photos and some candid snaps courtesy of my team. I hope you enjoy them!

With mum at the airport lounge, getting ready to head off to Stockholm for the Polar Music Prize celebrations.

Getting together with Ron for the first time in more than 25 years was definitely one of the highlights!

On the first day in Stockholm I was invited to participate in the Polar Talks – a very interesting TED-like set up – where I discussed How to Truly Listen.

Image: © Annika Berglund/Polar Music Prize

Catching up with Ron at the pre-Polar Party. So much to talk about!

Image: © Annika Berglund/Polar Music Prize

Getting ready to face the ‘red’ carpet (it was actually blue!). These guys were great at taming my hair!

Would you agree that some people will always have the power to make your inner child surface?!

Ready, set, go! Ceremony time! And isn’t mum looking fabulous?

Really proud to share this year’s Polar Music Prize alongside Emmylou Harris. Such an honour. What a great lady.

Image: © Annika Berglund/Polar Music Prize

Having mum and Ron at the ceremony made an already special moment overwhelming. I can’t begin to describe how emotional I felt. Peter Sellars’ wonderful smile was just what I needed to keep myself together.

Image: © Annika Berglund/Polar Music Prize

I had a wonderful time, surrounded by people that show the same respect and appreciation for music as I do. It was a great honour to meet His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf and Her Majesty Queen Silvia together with their Royal Highnesses Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland.

Image: © Annika Berglund/Polar Music Prize

Thank you Polar Music Prize and a very special thank you to Marie Ledin for being so welcoming and for putting together such an amazing couple of days.

Image: © Annika Berglund/Polar Music Prize


And when I got back to the UK I had this wonderful drawing waiting for me in my inbox. Thank you Jenny Soep!

Image: © Jenny Soep/Polar Music Prize


Header Image: © Annika Berglund/Polar Music Prize

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