News Round Up: Tine Thing Helseth & Gunnar Flagstad October Tour

23 October 2017

Audience Reaction \

"Absolutely brilliant concert two very talented musicians" Grainne Carey, St. Ann's Church

"Wonderful listening to @tinetrumpet and Gunnar Flagstad tonight in #Dublin... Enjoy the rest of the tour in Ireland!" Norway in Ireland, St. Ann's Church

"Stunning performance tonight by @tinetrumpet & Gunnar Flagstad @StAnnsChurch Dublin as part of @MusNetIrl tour. Loved the Grieg!" Edel Creely, St. Ann's Church

"What a privilege to be at your concert this evening in Bray! Thanks so much for a wonderful night - beautiful music and a warm atmosphere - great to see you in person!" Sligo.John, Mermaid Co. Wicklow Arts Centre

"A Hindemith Sonata for Trumpet & Piano was such a plaintive treat. A series of Bartok Romanian Dances was like Klezmer at its best and a set of Grieg songs was so beautiful. A Piazzolla Libertango was a wonderful encore after a standing ovation." Liam Murphy, City Hall Waterford

"I can't recommend this highly enough, we went to the concert last night in Dun Laoghaire - best concert I have seen in ages!" Moira Harkin, Pavilion Theatre

"That was as close to a private performance in my own living room as I will ever get." Simon Powell, Facebook Live Broadcast*

"So lovely and thoughtful of you and Gunnar to perform online instead!" Karen Chan, Facebook Live Broadcast*

"Here's to @MusNetIrl - enabling countrywide tours with premiere international artists. A simply magnificent endeavour." Liz Nolan, All Saints Church Castleconnell

"...just on my way back from her performance in Tralee! Excellent!!" Joy Dahill, Siamsa Tire


*The performance at Clifden Station House Theatre, Clifden, was unable to go ahead due to Ex Hurricane Ophelia. Tine Thing Helseth and Gunnar Flagstad performed the concert programme for audiences via Facebook Live Broadcast.


Press \

Regional concerts on this tour were previewed on websites such as, and

The Irish Times, Friday 6 October 2017

The tour also featured in The Ticket classical listings, online and in print.

Tine's self-titled album released on the EMI Classics label was aired on Vespertine, The JK Ensemble and on Dublin City fm's Artbeat in advance of the tour.

Pat McEvoy from the Waterford News & Star reviewed the concert at the Large Room in Waterford on 12th October.

"Helseth's tone is to die for. It's clear, achingly tuneful and warms the Large Room with a technique that's full of virtuoso and clarity. The brass players in the audiences were in their reed-heaven where composition and player never divide and performance is a player's envy. Tine is clearly no prisoner of any one genre and you can see the influence of jazz at play in her Piazzola pieces that just stand out on an evening of classic playing. Café 1930 is a tango that conjures up images of sawdust floors, oyster-shell ashtrays and tangled fishing-nets strung on smoky walls when tango in Buenos Aires - the original Big Apple, by the way - was almost a way of life in the city. This player doesn't simply follow the dots; she breathes life into them that leaves you hanging on the tune as you exit the magnificent John Roberts room."

Waterford News & Star, Tuesday 17 October 2017

Unfortunately, due to Ex Hurricane Ophelia, the performance at Station House Theatre on Monday 16th October had to be cancelled. Not wanting to let their audiences down, Tine and Gunnar performed the concert programme in a Facebook Live Broadcast. The video can be played back here., Monday 16 October 2017


Programme Notes \

For each of our tours, we commission influential writers to add flavour to our programmes. Writer and musicologist Liam Cagney wrote the notes for Tine Thing Helseth and Gunnar Flagstad's programme, and composer Deirdre Gribbin supplied a programme note for her piece 'Through every wind that blows'.

Read them here.



St. Ann's Church, Tuesday 10th October

The Hurricane Session, Monday 16 October