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Shirlie Roden’s 20 years of singing in Slovenia

By November 26, 2012No Comments

Trustee Shirlie Roden celebrated twenty years of singing and performing in Slovenia with a joint party up at Ljubljana castle earlier this month together with Shirlie’s long-standing friend and concert organizer, Natasa Kogoj who was celebrating her 50th birthday. The party, which began with champagne at 7pm, continued until 2 am with dancing and partying, and Shirlie performed two sets of her own music, much of which has been inspired by her visits to and love of Slovenia. Guests included the new British-Slovene Society chairman David Lloyd (who strongly supported Shirlie and her music during his time as British Ambassador in Slovenia), Dragan Bulic (who has played Shirlie’s songs on Radio Slovenija since her first visit in 1992), Janos Kern (from Imago Sloveniae who is helping Shirlie with her proposed Simply Slovenia orchestral project), Mitja Mersol, France Kek, Andreja Pecek (who commissioned Shirlie’s Slovene autobiography for Mladinska Knjiga), Angelina Premdehar (who filmed the RTV documentary on Shirlie ‘Ambasadorka Luci’) and many, many friends. ‘I was overwhelmed by the warmth and love’, said Shirlie. ‘But then this is Slovenia! It was wonderful to sing my Zeleni Zmaj song in the castle overlooking Ljubljana – the city of love.’ Her favourite present that night, celebrating twenty years of singing all around the country? ‘A large box full of motovilec (lamb’s lettuce)!’


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