Slovenia’s Order of Merit awarded to John Corsellis


John Corsellis, who died last November, has been posthumously awarded the Order of Merit of the Republic of Slovenia in London.

The award was made for his work as a humanitarian aid worker caring for several thousand Slovene refugees in Displaced Persons camps in Austria in the years after World War II.

Tadej Rupel, Slovenia’s Ambassador to the United KIngdom, presented the award to John’s widow, Ann Corsellis, in a ceremony at the Slovenian Embassy on 4th February also attended by John’s three children, a grandson and family friends.

John was co-author of a book entitled Slovenia 1945 published in 2005.

Modern style Slovene folk songs for Prešeren Evening – and a Carniolan Bee

Two up-and-coming young musicians from Slovenia, Gregor Volk and Goran Krmač, enlivened the British-Slovene Society’s 2019 Prešeren Evening on 9th February. And for the first time the Carniolan Bee put in a guest appearance.

In an evening hosted by Shirlie Roden, who herself sang her ever popular Zeleni Zmaj, the two artists from Slovenia enchanted the 87 participants with their original takes on Slovene folk-songs.


The medieval town of Višnja Gora in Slovenia is celebrating its local Carniolan Bee, which is hard-working, not aggressive and has become a favourite among beekeepers around the world. Each table had a paper-cut-out Carniolan Bee to stick together during the meal. It was not easy.

In the end the musicians judged which was the best, and the prize of a pot of Carniolan bee honey went to Zala Sekne (right), an undergraduate student at Oxford University. Here she is with the contestants, including Slovenian Ambassador Tadej Rupel, who kindly donated Slovenian wine for the evening. Alas, his bee did not quite make the grade.


The well-known Slovene story, A Goat Trial, by Josip Jurčič, has been translated into English by Evelina and Marcus Ferrar and was among the prizes in the tombola, which raised £456 for Barka, the Slovene charity for people with special needs. Main prize was a tumble dryer donated by Gorenje.

The Government Office for Slovenes Abroad kindly gave financial support to the Evening.

Thrill to some very special Slovene music: Prešeren Evening, 9th February

Gregor Volk

Photo: Jan Prpič

Goran Krmač


GREGOR VOLK (voice, acoustic guitar, harmonica) and GORAN KRMAČ (bass guitar, stomp box) present Slovene folk music in lively, modern arrangements. Their freedom of personal expression creates a counterpoint to various musical traditions.
Tonight they are playing as a duo, but they also perform with other musicians. They are Ambassadors of Slovene music – in China, India, Britain, Israel, Ireland, Italy and Argentina.

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Prayer for Slovenia: St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster, 1st March

The World Day of Prayer, which each year acclaims the work and people of a different country, will this year celebrate Slovenia. The event will be held in St Margaret’s Church, Westminster on Friday 1st March at 2.30 pm.

Members and friends of the British-Slovene Society are cordially invited to participate.

St. Margaret’s, known as ‘the church on Parliament Square’, is a 12th-century church next to Westminster Abbey. It is also sometimes called ‘the parish church of the House of Commons’.

Address:

St Margaret’s Church, St Margaret Street, London SW1P 3JX

Closest underground stations:

Westminster (Jubilee, District & Circle Lines)
St. James’s Park (District and Circle Lines)