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 September 24th, 2:50 pm

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Thank you! Love, Fionnuala 🙏🏼❤️ See MoreSee Less

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Lovely news! ⚘

What a wonderfully brave and talented lady, thank you Fionnulala

Lovely to see you and gorgeous Archie Fionnuala ❤️

Happy Days Fionnuala,

Wonderful news! Looking forward to the Christmas album….it will bring so much joy!

What a gracious, classy spirit. If we chose our queens, Julie Andrews and Fionnuala would be royalty.

So glad you're on the road to recovery..am so very happy for you..Will continue to pray for you!

So good to hear you are ok and looking fabulous too. Your ebullience is becoming more and more apparent and it is great to see. Looking forward to hear your new musical arrangements.
Stay safe ❤ XX

Looking gorgeous!

Can't wait for new album 🤸💜🥳🙏🎶

Belated birthday greetings to you, Fionnula…may this next turn around the sun bring you full return of health, new adventures, and more…more beautiful music. I will add you to my morning prayers .

Very happy for you!!!

Good news are always welcome!

Most welcome! Looking forward to the new release!

Happy birthday to you with my all best wishes

❤️

❤️🌺🙏

Take care!! Enjoy every moment..

Many prayers. You look amazing! Shine on!

God bless you!

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Posted September 20th, 1:06 pm

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Happy birthday, our dear Fionnuala Sherry❤️ See MoreSee Less

Happy birthday, our dear Fionnuala❤️

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Happy birthday, Fionnuala, may God give great moments to you!

You are a treasure and a fighter. For 20 years you and Rolf have soothed my hurts with the balm of your music. It is my heart's native dialect, expressing every worthy emotion.

Happy Birthday, Fionnuala! You’ve given us a gift with your violin. May your day be as beautiful as your music.

Have a very very happy birthday I look forward to seeing you next year when I fly over the big pond to see you on your continent you’re an amazing woman

Felicidades 🎂 abrazos desde Zacatecas México 🤗

Happy Birthday to a talented, beautiful lady! 🎈🎈🎂🎈🎈

Happy birthday from Northern New York! And thank you for adding such gorgeous music to my life soundtrack!!❤

Happy birthday! Thanks for all the joy you bring to us!

Happy b. Day.Thiss is our holiday, Rosh Hashana, first day of the jewish people's new year.

Happy birthday, pls stay our inspiration! 💕

Happy Birthday!! You are amazing!! Your song is Divine!💜💜

Es tu dia, susurra la brisa de la noche en la ventana, y golpea solitaria en el cristal de los sueños.

El eco se hace armonía con su ancho sonido celestial.

Y me deja varado en la orilla del tiempo…para desearte un FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS FIUNNALA.

GRACIAS POR TU MUSICA

Happy Birthday Fionnula – all the best wishes to you 🎼🍀🐞🎂🎉from Bremen, Germany 🌞🙋‍♂️

Happy birthday and thank you for the music 🎶

Happy birthday, thank you for touching music within these years

Happy birthday…and thanks for the beautiful music you share with us.

Happy birthday to you, Fionnuala🎂

Happy Birthday! You are a gift from God! 😘

Happy Birthday Fionnuala!! Have a great day!

Happy Birthday from Las Vegas where I was fortunate enough to see you perform. Blessings <3

Happy Birthday from Orlando, Florida

Happy birthday .have a very good day…thank you for your beautiful music

Happy Birthday, sweet lady!! Love from Brazil! <3

Happy birthday & thank you for your music

Happy Birthday Fionnuala from Washington State! May this year bring you much health and happiness!

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Posted August 30th, 11:56 am

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We just came across this performance of our “Song From A Secret Garden” by cellist Stjepan Hauser with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. We love it and wanted to share it with you all.
One You Tube comment was particularly complementary: "This is the song that will play in the credits when the world ends”🙏🏼
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That’s a beautiful version of one of your most beautiful songs ever! The only Secret Garden song I can play by heart on the violin! 🎻 ♥️ And so I do very often! 🥰

This is one of my favorite Secret Garden songs. It brings such peace.

My favorite secret garden song💜💙

I love Secret Garden and love the songs!

Hauser is an extremelu talented cellist. Quite a bit arrogant at times, but he has a rather unique style of playing. I like to watch his videos on Youtube, and yes, he did do "Song From a Secret Garden" VERY well. If I remember correctly, he and another man had a group for a while called "Two Cellos". He does give people another side to see of how a cello can be played-not just as an orchestra instrument only playing classical music. I think it would be fun if you could get together with him and see what happens musically!

Of all your songs for me "Elegie" has always been "the end of the world song" 😊 It's the last song I would like to hear when my world ends..it says all ❤ but I like this song as well like all your songs!!! They make this world much more beautiful!😍

I've listened both your original and Hausers version for many times. The song did hit me 1996 and still touches my soul. Thank you, both ❤️

This Is the song that calms my soul, wakes me every morning and yes I am sure will be in the credits of life. Thank you for it.

A beautiful song and a lovely version. I'm no expert but I can hear slight differences to the original and it's funny but as I love the original so much it always seems just the perfect piece and so I give the Ireland vote (douze point) to Secret Gardens version and 10 points to Hauser !

Bellissima interpretazione!Adoro la musica dei Secret Garden❤🎼

Secret Garden has carried us through the joyous, and not so joyous journeys of life….I agree with the You Tube comment about when the world ends….love it!

One of my favorite songs ever…

👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽…but never recorded by HAUSER, was it? 🤔

just to correct, in description of video it states Zagreb orchestra not Praha.

Lost count of how many times I've watched this. A stunning performance of a beautiful song

That was so beautiful it made me cry!!! 🎼

Jo Thomas I love this song

Vakkert!👏👏👏

В оригинальном исполнении группой мне нравится больше.

C'est magique!
Merci de partager! ♥️

I consider the original version to be unrivalled! 🏆

🎼❤️🌹🙏

That comment is definitely spot on.
I'm always captivated by the original performance of yours with brilliant Fionnuala Sherry genuinely playing with no mannerisms but with delicate, sophisticated pathos… So uplifting, so moving… Unmatched! ⚘

of course Hauser was playing with the Zagreb Philarmonic conducted by the brilliant Elizabeth Fuchs. It is an absolutely brilliant rendition of Song from a Secret Garden. It is so good in fact it's nearly as good as the original.😀

Unbelievable though that so many comments on YouTube show that so many people have no idea that this song is written and originally played by the wonderful Secret Garden!! ❤️❤️🥇👏

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Posted July 22nd, 9:37 am

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We’re excited to share yet another performance video with you! Hope you like it! See MoreSee Less

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Always m one of your great fans…luv every bit of music….I just pray Fionnuala gets well soon…luv n prayers🙏🏻🙂😘

One of my favorites! Your music has meant so much to me. Thank you ❤️❤️

This brings back so many beautiful memories of my courting days with my husband💗🎵🎶

From the first day I heard you 20 years ago I loved you.
Thank you.

Incredible Piece 🎻🎹 💕x

Where can we find the whole video?

Vocês são anjos para mim!❤

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Posted July 17th, 9:24 am

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We look back at the original version of Adagio. See the whole performance on YouTube: shorturl.at/ajSUX 🙌 See MoreSee Less

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This song was the 2nd song I'd heard of yours and instantly fell in love with it. I still do love it.

Such a beautiful piece ❤️

One of my favorites ❤️

🖤🖤🖤

Naz Akbulut

So beautiful ❤️

Music of the gods ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Beautiful.

One of my favorites too, very beautiful !

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