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Hi! Thanks for visiting this blog!

Yorkshire Viking Norway is written as it says – in Norway. It is called Yorkshire Viking Norway to distinguish itself from other people. I used to call the blog just Yorkshire Viking; later I found on Google Search that there is at least one other blog of the same name. That blog is on another server, in another country, and Yorkshire Viking Norway has no connection to it.

Yorkshire Viking Norway is the musings of a someone born and bred in Doncaster, England. At the age of fourteen, I became one of the youngest church organists in Britain – playing for the services at All Saints’, Woodlands. Of all places, due to mere chance, I ended up playing the organ for a living in Norway!

Because of the poor prospects for organists in England, many have found their way to our shores. This was especially true in the early nineties. I was part of a veritable tsunami wave of English immigrants. The basic reason is that you cannot make a living as an English church musician; in Norway you can. For some, therefore, the solution was to come here.

Today organists still arrive, as Jon Blamire did earlier this year, but in nothing like the earlier numbers. That is probably because of the difficult times now affecting both our countries, reducing the number of jobs that are available.

I hope you enjoy your visit!