RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s Midlands Première for Tullamore

Damian Moran

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Damian Moran

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On December 4 in the Tullamore Court Hotel, Midland audiences will have the unique opportunity to see Ireland’s premier orchestra perform on their doorstep, with special guest soloist Tasmin Little.

On December 4 in the Tullamore Court Hotel, Midland audiences will have the unique opportunity to see Ireland’s premier orchestra perform on their doorstep, with special guest soloist Tasmin Little.

Adding to this special occasion is the exciting opportunity for the young members of the Irish Midlands Youth Orchestra to receive mentoring from members of the orchestra in the weeks leading up to the concert and a pre-concert performance by the youth orchestra.

Presented by Wide Open Music and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra guest soloist, Tasmin Little - described by one critic as having an “intoxicating blend of power, passion, poetry and drop-dead beautiful playing”- is one of the finest violin soloists on the international solo circuit.

Wide Open Music and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra have had numerous sell-out performances in the recent past and this tour sees a new partnership with Offaly & Westmeath County Arts Offices and Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath Programme.

With a top international solo violinist and one of Ireland’s leading conductors, Fergus Sheil, the focus of these concerts is on vivid, colourful, dynamic and rhythmic music – mostly inspired by dance. The programme includes The Chairman Dances – Subtitled Foxtrot for Orchestra, Stravinsky’s dazzling ballet music The Firebird and one of the best known and loved pieces for violin and orchestra, Bruch’s violin concerto which will be performed by Tasmin Little. Tasmin has firmly established herself as one of the leading international violinists of today. She has performed on every continent in some of the most prestigious venues of the world and has made several acclaimed recordings in addition to frequent appearances at major festivals such as the BBC Proms.