Tine Thing Helseth & Gunnar Flagstad

Tine Thing Helseth & Gunnar Flagstad

Norway’s internationally-renowned trumpet star

Tour Dates

Tues 10 Oct, 8pm St. Ann's Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
Wed 11 Oct, 8pm Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray
Thurs 12 Oct, 7.30pm City Hall (Georgian Large Room), Waterford
Fri 13 Oct, 8pm The Model, Sligo
Sun 15 Oct, 8pm Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire
Mon 16 Oct, 8pm Station House Theatre, Clifden
Tues 17 Oct, 8pm All Saints Church, Castleconnell
Wed 18 Oct, 8pm Siamsa Tíre, Tralee

Prepare to be bowled over by the infectious enthusiasm of Tine Thing Helseth, Norway’s internationally-renowned trumpet star on a Music Network tour from 10 – 18 October. Accompanied by regular collaborator Gunnar Flagstad on piano, the programme includes Romances by Shostakovich, Romanian Folk Dances from Bartók, Piazolla’s Café 1930 from Histoire du Tango and a new work by Deirdre Gribbin. Details at musicnetwork.ie. Music Network tours are funded by the Arts Council and are presented in association with RTÉ lyric fm. 

On a mission to expand the performance repertoire for solo trumpet, Tine Thing Helseth set about commissioning new works from dozens of composers and in the process became recognised as one of the world’s leading trumpet soloists, with a slew of awards to her name and widespread critical acclaim for her clean, open sound, flawless technique and soulful phrasing.

Performing trumpet concertos by familiar names like Mozart, Albinoni and Haydn as well as newly-composed works, Helseth is unabashed in her mission to open up the repertoire to new styles, new ways of making music, and especially new audiences: onstage, she loves nothing better than sharing details about a favourite work. In addition to solo performances with many of Europe’s leading orchestras and chamber groups, Helseth has formed several ensembles including her quintet, TTHQ, and tenThing, her all-female brass ensemble.

Gunnar Flagstad has performed throughout Europe at major events and venues such as Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), Usadba Jazz Festival (Russia), Wigmore Hall (London), Konzerthaus (Berlin) and BBC Radio3. Flagstad is also a member of the Tine Thing Helseth Quintet, the piano duo "20 fingers" and the contemporary music ensemble Tractor. He holds the position of Associate Professor for Piano, Accompaniment, Guitar and Accordion at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

The programme for this tour will be enriched by a new work by Irish composer Deirdre Gribbin to be premiered at St. Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 on Tuesday 10 October. Speaking about her composition, Gribbin says,

“'Through every wind that blows' inspired by the folklore of mythical Connla's Well allowed me to conjure up a dramatically vibrant, swift musical dialogue for the wonderful Tine Thing Helseth and Gunnar Flagstad. I am delighted that it will be part of Music Network's Autumn Season.”

This is the first of two new works commissioned by Music Network for the Autumn 2017 season – a work by Rhona Clarke, Edge, String Quartet No. 3, will be premiered by Quatuor Voce in Letterkenny in November - continuing Music Network’s work of actively commissioning and touring new works by Irish composers, and promoting existing works within relevant concert programmes.

Deirdre Gribbin will give a Composer’s Voice Talk during the concert at the Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire on Sunday 15 October. Composer’s Voice is an audience development initiative of the Contemporary Music Centre and is made possible through the continued funding of the Contemporary Music Centre by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaion. www.cmc.ie

As part of Music Network’s Learning and Participation programme, Tine Thing Helseth and Gunnar Flagstad will facilitate classical masterclasses with trumpet and piano musicians around the country. Connecting Music Network tours to music education programmes and giving musicians rich, holistic musical experiences. For more details contact Sarah Cunningham, Programmes Administrator on programmesdmin@musicnetwork.ie.

Tues 10 Oct St. Ann's Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 8pm , €20 / €15 / €10 (students) 01 4750224 Music Network
Wed 11 Oct Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray 8pm , €16 / €14 01 2724030
Thurs 12 Oct City Hall (Georgian Large Room), Waterford 7.30pm , €15 / €5 (students) Waterford Music
Fri 13 Oct The Model, Sligo 8pm , €20 / €10 (students, on the night) 071 9141405 Con Brio
Sun 15 Oct Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire 8pm , €20 / €16 / €12 (students) 01 2312929
Mon 16 Oct Station House Theatre, Clifden 8pm , €15 / €12 (on the door) 095 21699 (info only) Clifden Arts Society
Tues 17 Oct All Saints Church, Castleconnell 8pm , €15 / €10 061 953400 (Lime Tree Theatre) Limerick Arts Office, Limerick City & County Council
Wed 18 Oct Siamsa Tíre, Tralee 8pm , €16 / €14 066 7123055

Geirr Tveitt Vélkomne med æra (Welcome with honour) from Suite No.1, “Hundrad folketonar frå Hardanger” (A Hundred Hardanger Tunes), Op. 151

Edvard Hagerup Bull Perpetuum Mobile (Homage to Johann Strauss)

Dmitri Shostakovich Four Romances on Poems by Pushkin, Op. 46

Astor Piazzolla Café 1930 (from Histoire du Tango, 1986)

Paul Hindemith Sonata for Trumpet and Piano (1939)

Deirdre Gribbin “Through every wind that blows” Music Network Commission

Béla Bartók Romanian Folkdances

Edvard Grieg Haugtussa (The Mountain Maid) Op. 67 (arr. for trumpet and piano)

Kurt Weill Three Songs: Nanna’s Lied (Nanna’s Song) (1939), Youkali (1934), Je ne t'aime pas (I don’t love you) (1934)

Listen on Spotify

Tine Thing Helseth - A. Marcello: Concerto in C Minor - 3: Allegro


Tine Thing Helseth - Libertango (A. Piazzolla)


"Tine Thing Helseth's playing is stylish in every way"

- Gramophone

"Dazzling virtuoso playing"

- The Standard

"Sensational"

- The Arts Desk