This year’s new year’s speaker is Mikael Persbrandt

By on December 8, 2018

Now it is clear that Mikael Persbrandt will read the Tennyson New Year’s clock to midnight at Skansen. Ciceron and program leader for the broadcast are Anne Lundberg and for the entertainment stands among others Sissel Kyrkjebø, LaGaylia Frazier, Darin, Moneybrother and Smith & Tell.

– We are pleased to welcome Mikael as this year new year’s speaker, says John Brattmyhr, Skansen manager. He is a charismatic actor whom we believe can make the same justice as all his predecessors did.

The Norwegian artist Sissel Kyrkjebø will perform a newly written New Year’s Hymn in the live broadcast from Sollidenscenen together with the 28-voice strong Lilla Kören. Moneybrother will pay tribute to Jerry Williams and also his son, and LaGaylia Frazier, in turn, praises Aretha Franklin in a packed medley. Darin participates, like duo Smith & Tell, and Sandro Cavazza, all presented by program host Anne Lundberg.

The first time New Year’s clock was read at Skansen’s New Year’s celebration was 1895. From 1928, other Sweden had the opportunity to join and celebrate via radio. From 1977, SVT has been in place at Sollidenscenen on New Year’s Eve. Between 1977 and 1982, Georg Rydeberg who led the tradition further and ended the year reading the New Year’s clock. In 1983, Jarl Kulle took over the tradition of the classic introduction “Ring, bell ring …”. Between 1997 and 2000, Margaretha Krook read the well-known rows, and there after Jan Malmsjö read Tennyson’s poem for Skansen’s audience and television viewers from 2001-2013. Since 2014 has Loa Falkman (2014), Malena Ernman (2015), Pernilla August (2016) and Krister Henrikson (2017) read the well-known words Ring Bell Ring …. and this year it’s Mikael Persbrandt who received the honors mission.

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music | Stockholm