"Pure, velvety and wonderfully expressive….It is not impossible to believe that this was the sort of sound that Orpheus himself might have been capable of"

'It is always a joy to witness an artist with this kind of life-spark, one who really connects with the music, with her instrument, with listeners. The audience's response to her was thunderous.'

'For me, the Arcadia Quartet is – at least concerning Janáček – the cutting edge currently among European interpreters……Outstanding!'

O’Carroll Artist & Project Management is a company where our hand-picked roster of artists flourish, feel stimulated and respected.

Presenters and colleagues will always receive a welcome when they call. Honesty, creativity and integrity is highly valued and artistic dreams and visions are sought out, embraced and realized.

Wallfisch/York Duo

“… Wallfisch gives the finest account on cello I’ve ever heard… and York voices every line with superb clarity and coherence, so crucial in this turbulent work…” BBC Music Magazine, September 2016

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Tasmin Little

Tasmin Little has firmly established herself as one of today's leading international violinists. She has performed on every continent in some of the most prestigious venues of the world, including Carnegie Hall, Musikverein, Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Berlin, Vienna Konzerthaus, South Bank Centre, Barbican Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center and Suntory Hall.

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Arcadia Quartet

Winners of the 2014 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, the 2012 Wigmore Hall London International String Quartet Competition, the 2011 Almere International Chamber Music Competition in 2011 and the International Chamber Music Competition Hamburg in 2009, the Arcadia Quartet is rapidly establishing itself as one of the most exciting string quartets of their generation.

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Artist News and Events

Raphael Wallfisch, recording of the Bertold Goldschmidt and Franz Reizenstein Cello Concerti to be released on 23 April.

Posted By: Sinead O'Carroll, 16th April 2018

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Stamina and skill from violinist Jac van Steen at Ulster Hall Review: Ulster Orchestra at Ulster Hall, Belfast

Posted By: Sinead O'Carroll, 16th April 2018

The Ulster Orchestra‘s successful current season is characterised by a shrewd mixture of familiar much-loved pieces balanced by music that is perhaps less well-known to local audiences.

This was the key to the latest concert under the baton of Jac van Steen, the orchestra’s principal guest conductor, who expertly set the stage for a special evening with Sibelius’ tone poem Pohjola’s Daughter.

The main feature in the first half was the 8th Symphony by distinguished English composer David Matthews, now 75, who was present in the Ulster Hall for what was the piece’s Belfast debut.

After a lively introduction there was an elegaic and almost Mahlerian second movement in G minor, where the composer paid tribute to a friend who died when Matthews was writing it.

The final movement was in sharp contrast and featured four exuberant dance tunes. The theme for one of these came to the composer during a walk in the woods when he had no paper – but he wrote the notes down on a leaf from the forest.

He told the story in a lively pre-concert talk with van Steen, and it was quite a privilege to hear a composer share such inner thoughts about the elusive creative process.

The second half belonged to international violinist Tasmin Little, a visitor here during the darkest days of the Troubles and who is still a great favourite with the Ulster Orchestra and local audiences.

She performed superbly Elgar’s lengthy Violin Concerto, a musical tour de force which requires enormous technical skill and stamina, not only from the soloist but also the from conductor and the orchestra, who combined almost flawlessly to give an inspiring account of this masterpiece.

There was enthusiastic and sustained applause at the end.

Next Saturday the mood will change when the Ulster Orchestra and conductor Stephen Bell pay tribute to Abba in the Waterfront Hall. It will be a sell-out.

Alf McCreary, Belfast Telegraph, 16 April 2018

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24 March 2018: Tasmin Little/Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis

Posted By: Sinead O'Carroll, 16th March 2018

Tasmin Little returns to Australia in March to record a new CD with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis on the Chandos Label.  Her visit will include a performance with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at Hamer Hall, Melbourne on Saturday 24 March 2018 at 5:00pm

 

Program

Elgar In London Town
Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
Vaughan Williams English Folksong Suite
Britten Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
Wood Fantasia on British Sea Songs
Elgar Pomp and Circumstance March No.1

 

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