Wide Open Music and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra presentTasmin Little / Chandos Records

Tasmin Little and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

On tour to Tullamore, Kilkenny, Castlebar and Navan.

“[Tasmin Little’s] intoxicating blend of power, passion, poetry and drop-dead beautiful playing”

(The Herald, Scotland)

One of the finest violin soloists on the international solo circuit taking to the road with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra for four virtuosic concerts – also including an educational programme with youth orchestras in each county.

Concert Tour

Following the sell-out success of Wide Open Music’s tour of Beethoven Symphony No 9 with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in June this year, the two organisations collaborate once again to present a dazzling display of orchestral colour in four venues throughout Ireland – Tullamore, Kilkenny, Castlebar and Navan – with top international solo violinist, Tasmin Little, conducted by Wide Open Music’s Artistic Director, Fergus Sheil.

Vivid, colourful, dynamic and rhythmic music – mostly inspired by dance – is the focus of these concerts. The programme opens with The Chairman Dances – a portrayal of the scene from John Adams’ opera Nixon in China where the elderly Chairman Mao dances with his wife alongside their American guests. Danzón No 2 by Mexican composer Arturo Márquez is based on a type of Cuban dance, full of Latin American rhythms, hovering between being highly sensual and emotionally explosive. The ballets of Russian composer Igor Stravinsky are among his most celebrated works. Pushing the boundaries of what was possible rhythmically, he also has a remarkable sense of orchestral colour. The Firebird is one of his most loved works, depicting the dazzling scenes of this traditional Russian fairy tale, from the shimmering sounds of the Firebird’s dance and the horror of King Kastchei’s infernal dance to the ecstatic sounds of the finale.

One of the highlights of the violin concerto repertoire, Bruch’s first violin concerto, which will be performed by Tasmin Little is emotionally rich and deeply romantic. Tasmin has firmly established herself as one of today’s leading international violinists. She has performed on every continent in some of the most prestigious venues of the world, including Carnegie Hall, Musikverein, Concertgebouw, Philharmonie, Vienna Konzerthaus, South Bank Centre, Barbican Centre and Royal Albert Hall and the Lincoln Center. She has made several acclaimed recordings and frequently appears at major festivals such as the Salzburg Festival and the BBC Proms.

The scale of this concert involving over 60 top musicians, makes possible the presentation of this high-octane programme of vivid orchestral colours. All presented in locations that are not regularly on the touring circuit for major concerts of this scale. The coming together of the orchestra, a star international soloist and one of Ireland’s leading conductors as well as youth orchestras in each location will make a compelling and memorable event for audiences.

This tour has been developed by Wide Open Music, bringing together a range of national and local supporters to fulfil this mission of making inspirational musical experiences available to audiences throughout Ireland.

Educational Programme

Four different youth orchestras are involved in an educational project that accompanies this concert tour; Irish Midlands Youth Orchestra (Tullamore), Mayo Youth Orchestra (Castlebar), St Canice’s Instrumental Music Programme (Kilkenny) and Julianstown Youth Orchestra (Navan). In the weeks leading up to these concerts, members of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Fergus Sheil will visit each youth orchestra for a mentoring programme. The youth orchestras prepare a range of repertoire, including some related to the RTÉ NSO’s concert programme. The project will culminate with showcase performances by each youth orchestra with Tasmin Little ahead of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra concert in their area.

RTÉ NSO Concert Programme:

John Adams: The Chairman Dances

Max Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1

Arturo Márquez: Danzón No 2

Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite (1919 version)

Soloist: Tasmin Little (violin)

Conductor: Fergus Sheil


Dates, Venues & Booking Details


Date Venue Time Price Details Booking
Wed 4th Dec


Tullamore Court Hotel 19:00 Free Irish Midland’s Youth Orchestra No booking necessary
Wed 4th Dec


Tullamore Court Hotel 20:00 €16 / €14 (conc) RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra / Tasmin Little 057 934 6666
Date Venue Time Price Details Booking
Thurs 5th Dec


Royal Theatre, Castlebar 19:15 Free Mayo Youth Orchestra No booking necessary
Thurs 5th  Dec


Royal Theatre, Castlebar 20:00 €18.15



RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra / Tasmin Little 0818 300 000

094 902 3111


Date Venue Time Price Details Booking
Fri 6th Dec


Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny 19:00 Free St Canice’s Instrumental Music Programme No booking necessary
Fri 6th  Dec


St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny 20:00 €16 / €14 (conc) RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra / Tasmin Little 056 776 1674 www.watergatetheatre.com
Date Venue Time Price Details Booking
Sat 7th Dec


St Mary’s Community Centre, Trimgate St, Navan 19:00 Free Julianstown Youth Orchestra No booking necessary
Sat 7th  Dec


Solstice Arts Centre, Navan 20:00 €16 / €14 (conc) RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra / Tasmin Little 046 909 2300 www.solsticeartscentre.com


Tullamore concert in association with Music Generation Offaly / Westmeath

Castlebar concert in association with Music Generation Mayo

Kilkenny concert in association with Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny

Navan concert in association with Solstice Arts Centre

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