Summer Celebrity Recital 2009

tasminTasmin Little violin
John Lenehan piano

Thursday 21 May 2009, 8.00pm
Belfast Harbour Commission

Partners in Time

Kreisler Praeludium and Allegro
Bach Sonata in E major, BVW 1016
Mozart Sonata in C, K 296
Grieg Sonata No. 2 in G
Tchaikovsky ‘Melodie’ from Souvenir d’un Lieu Cher
Bartok Romanian Folk Dances


Tasmin Little at a workshop in the City of Belfast School of Music

The Naked Violin

Internationally-renowned violinist Tasmin Little took her ground-breaking project ‘The Naked Violin’ to Maghaberry Prison and the City of Belfast School of Music on Friday 21st May, as part of the Belfast Music Society’s new summer recital initiative.

Review from ‘The Jaily News’

From Bars to Strings at Maghaberry

Internationally renowned English violinist Tasmin Little regally entertained inmates at Maghaberry prison in May by treating the healthcare unit to a music recital called “The Naked Violin”.

“The Naked Violin” is apart of the Belfast’s Music Society new summer recital initiative and apart from visiting Maghaberry, on her whistle stop tour she was also visiting Belfast’s School of Music on Friday afternoon.

During the hour long musical session Tasmin, who impressively needed no music sheets, introduced works specifically written for solo violin and demonstrated the many different faces of this versatile instrument. The
works included music from Vivaldi’s seasons, (Spring), Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances, Mozart’s Sonata in C and she also played the haunting theme tune made famous by the film “Schindler’s List”, by composer John Williams.

Tasmin also encouraged the audience to ask her questions and she displayed her infectious enthusiasm by waxing lyrically about violins and highlighted how she loved, “the lyrically expressive quality of the violin.”

Commenting on the recital, Trevor Patton, Head of the Healthcare unit in Maghaberry said:

“Tasmin engaged with the inmates on their own level telling the story behind the music and what the various composers were expressing via their music. This had real meaning for the inmates and helped them appreciate what the pieces were actually saying to them. Music can be appreciated by everyone, any where. It is irrelevant whether the audience are behind bars or not. Music can be a wonderful creative outlet for prisoners. ”

One of the inmates said he was impressed with how passionate Tasmin was about playing the violin and he admired her extraordinary talent and added that it was an honour and privilege to listen to such beautiful live music.

Tasmin received the 2008 Classic FM Gramophone Award for Audience Innovation for “The Naked Violin” and the project was featured on TV’s South Bank show.

1. Tasmin Little has played for violin for 36 years. “Partners in Time” was launched by Tasmin earlier this year and was named Classic FM’s CD of the week in February.
2. In addition to her regular solo performances Tasmin plays/directs orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, European Union Chamber Orchestra and London Mozart Players.
3. In 2008 Tasmin made her fifteenth appearance at the BBC Promenade concerts.