Classical Connections With John Toal

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John Toal eases listeners into the afternoon with a mix of popular classical music, news, reviews and interviews with local and touring performers.

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Join John Toal for a special Easter Sunday edition of Classical Connections, featuring The Priests in concert at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.

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John Toal eases listeners into the afternoon with a mix of popular classical music, news, reviews and interviews with local and touring performers.

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The Ulster Orchestra month kicks off with a recording of Rafael Payare conducting the Ulster Orchestra at Belfast's Clonard Monastery in March 2015.

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The Ulster Orchestra conducted by Stephen Bell perform at the Young Musicians' Platform classical winners' concert.

20150719

John Toal presents a movie music special, featuring music from the Ulster Orchestra's Family Film Favourites concert recorded at the Ulster Hall on 9 May.

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Karen Kirby and John Toal present another chance to hear this year's St Patrick's Day concert, recorded at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast.

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John Toal eases listeners into the afternoon with a mix of popular classical music, news, reviews and interviews with local and touring performers.

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John Toal eases listeners into the afternoon with a mix of popular classical music, news, reviews and interviews with local and touring performers.

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John Toal presents a special live edition of Classical Connections from The Old Gaol in South West College, Enniskillen.

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John Toal explores local connections on a visit to London, which includes a meeting with the Master of the Queen's Music and a classical connection at three London landmarks.

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John Toal presents a special Christmas show and welcomes back some special guests to the studio, with seasonal music from Ulster Brass and baritone Karl McGuckin.

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John Toal presents a special Christmas show and welcomes back some special guests to the studio, with seasonal music from Ulster Brass and baritone Karl McGuckin.

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A special programme featuring the music of John Williams. Ernst van Tiel conducts the Ulster Orchestra, with music from films including Star Wars, Jaws and ET.

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A special programme featuring the music of John Williams. Ernst van Tiel conducts the Ulster Orchestra, with music from films including Star Wars, Jaws and ET.

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John was at Stormont for the launch of the Music Room - the Ulster Orchestra's community outreach initiative. He spoke to Arlene Foster, Martin McGuinness and Carál Ní Chuilín about their favourite classical music. There's music from 16-year-old percussionist and NI Young Musician of the Year Cathryn Lynch, and we visit the Ulster Youth Orchestra's annual Play-in Day.

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Joining John this week are; Deirdre McKay, a recent recipient of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Major Individual Award; renowned film and television composer George Fenton; and Sean Rafferty, ahead of a St Patrick's Day 'In Tune' special from Hillsborough Castle. Choir Notes features the New Irish Choir, and John's Classical Connection is on the theme of opera divas.

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John Toal eases listeners into the afternoon with a mix of popular classical music, news, reviews and interviews with local and touring performers.

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Early Music Ensemble Sestina on their upcoming production of Dido and Aeneas, the broadcast premiere of works by James MacMillan and Philip Hammond, and we drop in on the Harmony North project. Plus music for Easter Sunday and the last Choir Notes in the series is from the Priory Singers.

20160403

Katherine Jenkins writes a song for the Queen's birthday, Chloe Hanslip and Danny Driver on tour, and live music in studio from 13-year-old pianist Rowel Friers.

20160410

Author Anna Beer on her new book about the 'forgotten women of classical music', the Comhaltas National Folk Orchestra of Ireland mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, and there is music from Polish classical guitarist Wiktoria Szubelak. John's classical connection is on the theme of pastiches and parodies.

20160417

Prom queen Katie Derham on the highlights of the 2016 BBC Proms programme, and the Ulster Youth Orchestra leader Sarah White plays her 'new' 236-year-old violin.

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Pianist Ruth McGinley on her debut solo album, 'Reconnection', Eoín Fleming on winning the 2016 Catherine Judge Memorial Award, Matthew Greenall on the 8th Walled City Music Festival, and John's Classical Connection is on the theme of comebacks.

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John Toal eases listeners into the afternoon with a mix of popular classical music, news, reviews and interviews with local and touring performers.

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17-year-old pianist Dominic Yu performs Chopin and Liszt, John chats to Neil McClure about the upcoming inaugural festival at Portico, and Hayley Howe tells us about life as a violin teacher. Our Music Makers this week are the Southern Region Youth Orchestra, and John has a Shakespearean classical connection.

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John Toal talks to choral composer Morten Lauridsen, the people behind the Belfast Opera and Victorian music expert Jeremy Dibble.

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John speaks to composer Stephen Gardner about his new orchestral work No Prayers Nor Bells. Plus pianist Elizabeth Joy Roe on her new album of John Field Nocturnes.

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John talks to Aled Jones ahead of his visit to Carrickfergus for the Somme Centenary Festival of Remembrance, and John has a holiday-themed classical connection.

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John will be joined by American tenor Noah Stewart, who performs a concert of popular operatic arias and songs from the shows alongside Irish soprano Claudia Boyle.

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Join John for another Symphonic Sunday afternoon.

Join John for another Symphonic Sunday afternoon, featuring an Ulster Orchestra showcase of music from recent and past CD releases, concert performances and special recordings.

20160731

Classical Connections revisits the Ulster Orchestra's 2016 Valentine's concert.

Classical Connections revisits music from the Ulster Orchestra's 2016 Valentine's concert, featuring music from movies and popular romantic classics. Conducted by Robert Zeigler.

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John Toal eases listeners into the afternoon with a mix of popular classical music.

John Toal eases listeners into the afternoon with a mix of popular classical music, news, reviews and interviews with local and touring performers.

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This week's show features live music, with Melisma and Malachi Frame both performing. Music Makers features the Ulster Orchestra, and John has an autumnal Classical Connection.

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John speaks to concert pianist James Rhodes about his new book 'How to Play the Piano', plus music from soprano Aoife Miskelly and baritone Aaron O'Hare recorded at NI Opera's Festival of Voice in Glenarm, and a recap of the Ulster Orchestra's 50 concerts in a day. Music Makers continues with the Ulster Orchestra woodwind section, and John has a 50th birthday-themed Classical Connection.

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John Toal eases listeners into the afternoon with a mix of popular classical music