Celebrating Skanderbeg in London

On Friday, 16 November 2018 from 16:30 to 21:00 the Anglo-Albanian Association together with the Embassies of Albania and Kosovo celebrated, in British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AH, our national hero Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg.

The Anglo –Albania Association evolved from a committee established in 1912 by the Hon. The AAA holds regular events including guest lectures on Albanian history, culture and music, book launches and screening of Albanian films.

This event was very important because invited all to better know Skanderbeg.

After welcome from Stephen Nash, Ambassador of Albania Mr. Qirjako Qirko and Chairman of the Anglo-Albania Association the event continued with lectures on Skanderbeg.

The first was: Butrint in the time of Skanderbeg and afterwards from Professor Richard Hodges who is an archaeologist. He is currently President of the American University in Rome. From 1994 until 2012, he was Scientific Director of the Butrint Foundation which oversees excavations at the archaeological site of Butrinti in southern Albania.

After that was the lecture from Mr Paul Rogan Quarrie: The production and circulation of books in the 16th century. He is an expert on rare books. Also he was librarian at Eton College and Senior Director of Sotheby’s Department of Books and Manuscripts.

It was very interesting and particularly emotional to those presented Professor Paskal Milo with his lecture: Skanderbeg and European Civilization.

The Albanian historian spoke in his lecture pointing out Skanderbeg’s importance to Albanian history and his contribution to the defense of European values. Different questions from the audience addressed the professor who accurately and briefly satisfied all.

Greeting from Ms Heroina Telaka, Chargée d’Affaires of Kosovo and Sir Noel Malcolm, President of the Anglo-Albania Association they gave way to amazing concert.

  • With musical Director : Olsi Qinami.
  • Soprano: Romina Bace.
  • Violin1: Penny James. Violin 2: Pranvera Gogori.
  • Viola: Matthew Johnstone. Cello: Idlir Shyti
The brilliant voice of Albanian soprano Romina Bace accompanied us in a musical harmony from Vivaldi’s lost opera “Skanderbeg” also she will be accompanied by a string under the direction of Olsi Qinani and later the quartet played the most beautiful melodies which well-know : O e Bukura More ; Lule Borë ; Moj e bukura Arbëri.

The guests were of different categories and of a high level of culture. All very interested in knowing interesting things about our national hero Skanderbeg.

Concluding with a warm toast to the health of the Queen Elisabeth, to Albania and to Kosovo, the evening of this event ended in the best way.

Skanderbeg in london event