Se­cret Gar­den China Tour in Suzhou

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - GOINGS ON -

Date: Dec 9 — 8 pm

Venue: Suzhou Poly Grand The­atre Fion­nu­ala grew up and went to school in Naas in County Kil­dare, Ire­land — sur­rounded by a mu­si­cal fam­ily that ig­nited her pas­sion for mu­sic at an early age. She started to play the vi­o­lin at the age of eight, and at fif­teen she moved to Dublin to study mu­sic. She grad­u­ated with honors from Trin­ity Col­lege in Dublin, and the Col­lege of Mu­sic, and was later em­ployed by the RTE Con­cert Orches­tra, where she was a mem­ber for ten years. In ad­di­tion to the clas­si­cal sym­phonic and op­er­atic reper­toire, Fion­nu­ala pos­sessed a much wider mu­si­cal in­ter­est. This is ev­i­dent in the eclec­tic body of artists and projects she has been in­volved with, in­clud­ing The Chief­tains, Sinead O’Con­nor, Van Mor­ri­son, Chris de Burgh, Bono and Wet Wet Wet. With the Ir­ish Film Orches­tra she’s also recorded sev­eral Hol­ly­wood film scores, such as “The River Runs Wild”, “A Room With a View” and “The Mask”. That same wide in­ter­est in mu­sic led her to con­ceive, write and present her own mu­sic se­ries for chil­dren on Ir­ish na­tional TV — all this lead­ing up to her fated meet­ing with Rolf Lov­land and the found­ing of Se­cret Gar­den in 1994. On­stage, she en­chants au­di­ences through­out the world, through her mu­si­cal in­ten­sity and soul­ful per­for­mances.

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