Words For Our Manager Barry Matheson

Dear Friends,

The following are personal letters from each of us to our dear but now departed manager Barry Matheson. We wanted to share them with you as he was, for over 20 years, as much an integral part of Secret Garden off-stage as we are on-stage.

Barry Matheson Fionnuala Sherry og Rolf Løvland. Foto: Tom Egil Jensen / VG / NTB

Fionnuala’s words

This month we made our final farewell to our manager, friend and partner Barry Matheson. Barry fought a long battle with cancer and his strength and determination helped to delay its outcome for the past 3 years.

As our manager for 21 years, Barry opened many doors and opportunities that we could never have imagined. Nothing was an obstacle for him and his huge belief in us and his amazing ability to never take no as an answer meant that we were the first Norwegian signed act to travel the globe as much as we have done. Everybody loved Barry and to travel with him was an experience in itself. By the time we would board our plane he already was on familiar names and terms with the ground staff, ensuring our very overweight baggage was on board! – and throughout the flights, his charm continued with the crew. On arrival, he would always know every detail of the local record company staff and promotion team just ensuring a safe and easy passage for us all.

Traveling with Barry was fun and hassle-free and still now when there have been flight delays or cancellations we wish we could call him as Barry could fix anything, and in the process was a soothing and caring presence that took all the stress away.

Apart from his natural charm Barry was incredibly well dressed for every occasion, Beautifully tailored suits, shirts pocket handkerchiefs with a briefcase full of any emergency items you might need. It was always lovely to watch him work a crowd or a reception, he could be spotted from afar as been the most well dressed and vivacious person in the room. He was so outgoing and fun that we could hide behind him when we were exhausted from performing.

As a friend and partner, there was nothing we could not call Barry about, and at any time of day or night 7 days a week, Barry never switched off – he was always there for us. When my father died in 1996 it seemed that Barry quietly stepped into that role, guiding me throughout the years, being at the other end of the phone whenever I needed to talk, being a mentor and best friend. For my 40th birthday, Barry bought me a diamond bracelet, which I treasured so much and wore it continuously. So much so that due to wear and tear it eventually broke and I had it remodeled into my now wedding eternity ring. I love that wedding ring which is a constant reminder of Barry, and a lovely comfort and memory every morning when I put it on.

Barry understood the importance of family and relationships enjoying his time with his amazing wife Berit, siblings, children and grandchildren all that he was so proud of. He encouraged me always to have time with my family and kept up with the minutiae of all of our everyday lives even though he had such a busy schedule.

Barry was very much recognized as a hugely important influential person within the Norwegian Music industry not to mind his chair role of Rotary International, that it’s hard to believe he could also be our partner and manager in Secret Garden. His capacity was endless.
For us to lose Barry after all these years is like a wheel has come off.
He was our partner, best friend and manager and his loss is immense.
He has gone but will never be forgotten.

Bless you Barry and Thank you.
Fionnuala

 

Rolf’s Words

We’ve always been close to Barry – nearly every day for two decades. He was the “total” manager caring about every aspect of our professional lives – and far beyond. Maybe the past couple of years, after Barry retired due to illness, I realized how much I depended on him. His knowledge and experience were priceless; his energy and ambition inspired us to be our best; his respect for everyone and his gentleman-like demeanor always made us proud of him. So we realized more than ever how dear he was to us when he was no longer there.

Last year we released our album ‘Storyteller’ and in the booklet, we wrote a special dedication:

”A special thank you to Barry Matheson for being our manager for the past 20 years. It’s been a journey of extraordinary guidance and fatherly care for us – both professionally and personally – now coming to an end by this album. We can never thank you enough. We dedicate this album to you with our deepest gratitude and love”.

Thank you from bottom of my heart Barry,
Rest in Peace.

Rolf

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Posted December 27th, 9:31 am

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Dear Friends, we have a special project to share with you; a documentary about the making of "Sacred Night". This is the background story of the album, the writing process and the recording. Cathrine, Fionnuala and Rolf share their personal footage from the studio sessions linked with their own words.
You can watch the whole documentary on our YouTube channel: youtu.be/aD3Ni61O55Y
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Nydelig sang 🌸🎵. Nydelig musikk 🌺🎵😀. Rolf, Fionnuala og hele gjengen 💌🎄🎵🎵🎵🎵🎵🎵🎵🎵

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It IS indeed possible to create new Christmas masterpieces when you are as talented as the entire Secret Garden group. Amazing music….always! Love from Denmark…

The magic you always bring us assures that new Christmas music can indeed be written and warmly welcomed into the repertoire. The chemistry the three of you have is of pure heart and is always a blessing. ❤️

Beautiful, simply timeless . Thank you x

Just an absolutely beautiful CD …every song is special & brings tears to my eyes …I just live Secret Garden !

When is this going to be available in the UK from Amazon?

This in my very favorite CD! I have all of yours, but this one is truly outstanding ! I play it all year round ! ❤️❤️❤️

I'm awestruck by the amount of talent that went into the creation and production of this magnificent CD. It is a joy to listen to and will be played year round in my home. Thank you Secret Garden for this timeless masterpiece.

Thank you so much for sharing this very special documentary. I love it! Amazing to see how every puzzle piece was put together, especially with the difficult conditions we have had during this covid year with its lock downs and the necessity of keeping distance. Jeg må si at julesangene deres er et av de sterkeste lys som skinner i mørketiden i år! I feel much respect, gratitude and love for what you are doing. Each one of you is gifted with so much talent. I am very happy for you that «Sacred Night» was chosen the most beautiful Christmas album of the year in Norway! Take care, stay healthy and keep on making music for us!

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Posted December 22nd, 10:59 am

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Two days left until Christmas! We hope our new album creates the perfect backdrop to your preparations. With warm greetings from both of us and Cathrine Iversen Official
Listen to "Sacred Night" here: SecretGarden.lnk.to/SacredNight_
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Two days left until Christmas! We hope our new album creates the perfect backdrop to your preparations. With warm greetings from both of us and Cathrine Iversen Official ❤ Listen to Sacred Night here: https://SecretGarden.lnk.to/SacredNight_

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Beautiful music, always! 🎶 My favorite music group! 🥰
😊 Holidays!
😊 & Healthy
New Year!

Lovely album 👍

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just got mine!

Lovely album ! Thank you for this wonderful music. Cathrine has such a beautiful voice too ! ❤🌲🌠🙏

Amo as músicas de vocês. Venham para o Brasil.

I have all of their CDs. Thank you for your beautiful music and Catherine is my favorite soloist that sings with you. Just what the doctor ordered during these times of social distancing. God Bless you all & Merry Christmas

It would if I had it but still having no luck with Amazon UK. Maybe next Christmas?

It certainly is, thank you arrived in time on Christmas Eve. It’s wonderful, simply beautiful. Thank you. ❤️

It’s been sooo great for me that you released this when you did. Been working hard on my new album. You were recording Storyteller at the exact same I was recording Red Sky Prairie. As all things SG are my main influences, having Sacred Night with me now is the extra inspiration I needed ❤️❤️

The Album is wonderful !!! 🙏❣️🌟🎄 Merry Christmas! 🤗

I listened to it driving to work – and back home again. Great album

Fikk den i postkassa idag..gleder meg til og høre på den.😊

Sacred Night is the perfect Christmas gift thank you; Have a truly wonderful & safe Christmas. The worlds starts again next year.

Nydeleg fin cd.God jul. 🌟👍🎅❤

Merry Christmas 🎄

Happy Holiday 🎅🤶🎄🎁

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Posted December 20th, 11:21 am

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Here’s a video about ‘I Know a Rose Tree’. We first recorded it in 1998 and then revived the recording of this 500year old song for this album. You can enjoy the whole song on our YouTube channel: shorturl.at/dvBU2 See MoreSee Less

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Beautiful

I was listeing Song From A Secret Garden and Adagio. Thanks for theses two songs … thanks for exist.
It was like to be born again. (sorry my english)

This song is also in German. Not sure where it originated, but its name is: "Es ist ein Rose entsprungen." English: "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming." I remember this song very well from when I was in my high school's chorus and Madrigal singers. I sang the Alto part. 😀

Belíssima!

Beautiful❤

Vakkert.❤

Your new christmas album is fabulous. Thank you so much ❤️

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Posted December 17th, 10:20 pm

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Delivery problems.

For those of you who are frustrated about the CD delivery we can only apologise.
We have contacted our distributor in the US who is aware of the problem.
The problem lies with the postal services that seem to be slowed down.
Due to covid and US election many businesses have been disrupted.
We fully understand the frustration, but it seems that there is little we can do to alleviate the problem.

We really hope, for all of you who have ordered the “Sacred Night” CD, that this will be resolved as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, we hope you’ll listen to the new album digitally on Spotify or one of the other providers.

We’re so sorry!🙏🏼

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Thanks, Trump!

Amazon UK dont have a delivery date at present☹

Alguien sabe donde puedo comprar uno? Con envío a México

Is this true of your book too? Mine was supposed to arrive 2 days ago and tracking just says delivery is delayed. I can’t wait to get it!!

It seems to accelerate. Scheduled for December 29th, the CD was delivered today.

Ordered three via Amazon and had them within a week, enjoying it very much.

I pre ordered it from Amazon UK and am wondering if I’ll get it in time for Christmas 2021.

I purchased the CD in November and haven't received it yet.

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Posted December 16th, 11:08 pm

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CD signing for the Norwegian market today. Missed Fionnuala due to travel restrictions. Universal Music Norge, Platekompaniet, #sacrednight See MoreSee Less

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This is the best Christmas album of the year! Looping it for so many times, really beautiful!!!

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UN SUPERBE TRAVAIL QUI RESUME DE VRAIS MOMENTS D'EMOTION.

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I just love that song! "Es ist ein Rose entsprungen" ("Lo, how a rose e'er blooming") I sang that many years ago in my high school chorus and Madrigal singers. <3 <3 <3

Secret Garden: 🎶 my favorite musical group! 🥰

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I love Secret Garden and I’m thrilled to hear you have a new Album.

Lucky you to all those that got this. Feel thoroughly let down as ordered CD on 26th Nov and estimated delivery time keeps changing and is now after Christmas. Really poor distribution. Had to cancel order. Disappointed ! 😕

How is it possible to get the CD in Europe?? I can only find delivery from the U.S. – that can't be true, can it? Been trying to get it for weeks 🙁

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