Music Network presents Tine Thing Helseth & Gunnar Flagstad on tour 10-18 October 2017

13 September 2017



Music Network presents internationally-renowned trumpet star

Tine Thing Helseth & pianist Gunnar Flagstad on tour 10 – 18 October 2017


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

"Dazzling virtuoso playing" The Standard

"Sensational" The Arts Desk


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, Piazzolla’s Café 1930 from Histoire du Tango and a new work by Deirdre Gribbin. Details at 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.

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

Tickets for all regional concerts are available from individual venues around the country. Single tickets for the Dublin concert at St. Ann's Church range from €10 – €20. Tickets can be purchased by calling Music Network on (01) 475 0224 or booking online at



Geirr Tveitt (1908 - 1981)

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

Edvard Hagerup Bull (1922 - 2012)

Perpetuum Mobile (Homage to Johann Strauss)

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)

Four Romances on Poems by Pushkin, Op. 46

I. Rebirth
II. Jealousy
III. Premonition
IV. Stanzas

Astor Piazzolla (1921 - 1992)

Café 1930 (from Histoire du Tango, 1986)

Paul Hindemith (1895 - 1963)

Sonata for Trumpet and Piano (1939)

I. Mit Kraft
II. Mässig bewegt
III. Trauemusik. Sehr langsam

Deirdre Gribbin (b. 1967)

“Through every wind that blows”

New commission by Music Network

Béla Bartók (1881 - 1945)

Romanian Folk Dances

I. Jocul cu bâtă (Stick Dance)
II. Brâul (Sash Dance)
III. Pe Ioc (In One Spot)
IV. Buciumeana (Dance from Bucsum)
V. Paorga Românească (Romanian Polka)
VI. Mârunţel (Fast Dance)

Edvard Grieg (1843 – 1907)

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

1. Det syng
2. Veslemøy
3. Blåbær-li
4. Møte
5. Elsk
6. Killing dans
7. Vond dag
8. Ved Gjætle-bekken

Kurt Weill (1900 – 1950)

Three songs:

Nanna’s Lied (Nanna’s Song) (1939)

Youkali (1934)

Je ne t’aime pas (I don’t love you) (1934)



Tine Thing Helseth, trumpet
Gunnar Flagstad, piano

On tour 10 – 18 October 2017

  • Tuesday 10 October, St. Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, 8pm, €20 / €15 / €10 (students) plus booking fees, 01 4750224 /, Promoted by Music Network.
  • Wednesday 11 October, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, 8pm, €16 / €14, 01 2724030 /
  • Thursday 12 October, City Hall (Georgian Large Room), Waterford, 7.30pm, €15 / €5 (students), on the door, info at, Promoted by Waterford Music
  • Friday 13 October, The Model, Sligo, 8pm, €20 / €10 (students, on the night), 071 9141405 /, Promoted by Con Brio
  • Sunday 15 October, Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire, 8pm, €20 / €16 / €12 (students), 01 2312929 /
  • Monday 16 October, Station House Theatre, Clifden, 8pm, €15 / €12 (on the door), 095 21699 (info only), Promoted by Clifden Arts Society
  • Tuesday 17 October, All Saints Church, Castleconnell, 8pm, €15 / €10, 061 953400 /, Promoted by Limerick Arts Office, Limerick City & County Council
  • Wednesday 18 October, Siamsa Tíre, Tralee, 8pm, €16 / €14, 066 7123055 /


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Louise Walsh, Communications Manager, Music Network: (01) 4750224 or