Classical Connections With John Toal [Radio Ulster]

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20190127

John Toal with a mix of popular classical music, news, reviews and interviews.

John Toal with a mix of popular classical music, news, reviews and interviews.

20190203

John Toal with a mix of popular classical music, news, reviews and interviews.

John Toal with a mix of popular classical music, news, reviews and interviews.

'A Box of Delights' concert for Book Week 2018 featuring the Ulster Orchestra2018112520181225 (RU)

John Toal presents 'A Box of Delights' concert for a special Classical Connections from the Ulster Hall in Belfast as part of Book Week 2018. The Ulster Orchestra performs music inspired by books, with extracts read by BBC Northern Ireland presenters. Everything from Matilda to 101 Dalmatians. The orchestra is conducted by Stephen Bell.

'A Box of Delights' concert for Book Week 2018 featuring the Ulster Orchestra.

John Toal with a mix of popular classical music, news, reviews and interviews.

A Christmas Cracker20181223

John Toal presents this year's Classical Connections Christmas special

John Toal with a mix of popular classical music, news, reviews and interviews.

City of Derry International Choir Festival, John Rutter, VOCES820181202

Highlights from the City of Derry International Choir Festival featuring choirs from Germany, Norway, Finland, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Colombia. An interview with John Rutter ahead of a Come and Sing event of his music at St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast. John chats to Andrea Halsey and Barnaby Smith of vocal ensemble VOCES8.

Music from choirs from Cardiff to Colombia. John chats to composer John Rutter.

John Toal with a mix of popular classical music, news, reviews and interviews.

I Love ABBA!2018071520181231 (RU)

The music of ABBA performed by the Ulster Orchestra and Capital Voices.

John Toal with a mix of popular classical music, news, reviews and interviews.

Ivan Ilic and Brian Irvine, Ulster Youth Orchestra Alumni concert, Ulster Brass20181216

John chats to Ulster University's new International Musician in Residence, pianist Ivan Ilic, and composer, Professor Brian Irvine. Pianist Michael McHale and conductor Paul McCusker on the upcoming Ulster Youth Orchestra Alumni concert. Christmas music from Ulster Brass. John's classical connection features unusual arrangements of Christmas classics, including a baroque version of Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

John's classical connection features unusual arrangements of Christmas classics.

John Toal with a mix of popular classical music, news, reviews and interviews.

Mel Mercier, Rowel Friers, The Association of British Orchestras, Blue Monday20190120

Composer and percussionist Mel Mercier on his new album of theatre music. Young prizewinning pianist Rowel Friers performs in studio. The Ulster Orchestra's Managing Director Richard Wigley on the forthcoming ABO conference in Belfast. The Ulster Teachers Union's President Carney Cumper on their 100th-anniversary celebratory concert in the Ulster Hall. John's classical connection features three pieces that might help you beat the January blues.

John's classical connection features pieces to beat the January blues.

John Toal with a mix of popular classical music, news, reviews and interviews.

Ulster Orchestra live from the Ulster Hall20190113

Join us for a live edition of Classical Connections from the Ulster Hall in Belfast with the Ulster Orchestra, conductor Rory MacDonald and soloists - pianist Michael McHale and the Ulster Orchestra's principal clarinettist Francesco Paolo Scola. They'll be performing a selection of popular music marking some of this year’s biggest composer anniversaries, including music by Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Ravel and more.

Presented by John Toal.

Popular favourites and composer anniversaries in a concert with the Ulster Orchestra.

John Toal with a mix of popular classical music, news, reviews and interviews.

Vienna! With the Ulster Orchestra20190106

A concert with music from Vienna, featuring the Ulster Orchestra.

John Toal with a mix of popular classical music, news, reviews and interviews.

Young Musicians' Platform Award classical winners, Laoise Kavanagh, Unusual Christmas carols20181209

John chats to the three classical winners of the Young Musicians' Platform Award: clarinettist William Curran, flautist Andrew Douglas and baritone Brian McAlea. Music in the studio from clarinettist Laoise Kavanagh and pianist Donal McCrisken. Edwin Gray on the Northern Ireland Young Musician Competition. Three Christmas carols you might not have heard before in John's classical connection.

Three Christmas carols you might not have heard before in John's classical connection.

John Toal with a mix of popular classical music, news, reviews and interviews.

51Katherine Jenkins, Proinnsias Byrne, Paige McDonald, Jacques Loussier20190317

Welsh soprano Katherine Jenkins on her latest album and upcoming tour. The story of Belfast man Proinnsias Byrne and Shostkovich's 'Leningrad' Symphony. Young Newry harpist Paige McDonald performs in studio. John's classical connection is on French pianist Jacques Loussier - famous for his jazz reinterpretations of Bach's music - who died recently.

John's classical connection is on French pianist Jacques Loussier.

John Toal with a mix of popular classical music, news, reviews and interviews.

52Animal Requiem, St Malachy's Organ, William Tell Overture, Music for the Dead20190324

Composer Rachel Fuller on her Animal Requiem. John visits St. Malachy's College Belfast to hear their new organ, gifted by Fortwilliam and Macrory Presbyterian Church. The Ulster Orchestra perform Rossini's famous William Tell Overture. John's classical connection features a sideways look at three pieces written for people who have died.

John's classical connection features three pieces written for people who have died.

John Toal with a mix of popular classical music, news, reviews and interviews.

53Sestina, Gary Ryan, Belfast Music Society, Haydn20190331

John visits vocal ensemble Sestina at rehearsals. Chat from classical guitarist Gary Ryan ahead of his appearance at the Ards International Guitar Festival. Music from pianist Leon McCawley and the Amatis Piano Trio, recorded at Belfast Music Society's International Festival of Chamber Music. John's classical connection celebrates the music of composer Joseph Haydn on his 210th anniversary.

John's classical connection celebrates the music of Haydn on his 210th anniversary.

John Toal with a mix of popular classical music, news, reviews and interviews.