Biography

Fionnuala Sherry

Fionnuala grew up and went to school in Naas in County Kildare, Ireland – surrounded by a musical family that ignited her passion for music at an early age. She started to play the violin at the age of eight, and at fifteen she moved to Dublin to study music. She graduated with honours from Trinity College in Dublin, and the College of Music, and was later employed by the RTE Concert Orchestra, where she was a member for ten years.

In addition to the classical symphonic and operatic repertoire, Fionnuala possessed a much wider musical interest. This is evident in the eclectic body of artists and projects she has been involved with, including The Chieftains, Sinead O’Connor, Van Morrison, Chris de Burgh, Bono and Wet Wet Wet. With the Irish Film Orchestra she’s also recorded several Hollywood film scores, such as “The River Runs Wild”, “A Room With a View” and “The Mask”.

That same wide interest in music led her to conceive, write and present her own music series for children on Irish national TV – all this leading up to her fated meeting with Rolf Lovland and the founding of Secret Garden in 1994.

Onstage, she enchants audiences throughout the world, through her musical intensity and soulful performances. In Secret Garden’s music, her unique violin virtuosity provides the heartstrings, voice and wings for Lovland’s compositions.

She performs on an English John Edward Betts violin from 1790, with a Hill bow, both on stage and in the studio.

Rolf Løvland – Composer/Arranger/Producer/Keyboardist


Rolf was born in Kristiansand, in southern Norway, in 1955. His first brush with composing came at the early age of nine when he formed his first band. From then on, and throughout his youth, music came to be his constant companion and focus in life. He later studied music at the Music Conservatory in Kristiansand – and continued his Masters Degree studies in music at the Norwegian Institute of Music in Oslo.

By the time he’d unveiled his “Secret Garden” to the world, Rolf had already earned himself a Norwegian Grammy Award and the reputation as Norway’s most successful popular songwriter – topping the national radio charts (Norsktoppen) more than 60 times. For two consecutive years, his songs had won the National radio chart “Song of the Year-award”.

Rolf was also a two-time winner of the international Eurovision Song Contest final – in 1985 with “La det swinge”, and in 1995 with “Nocturne”. He is also a four-time winner of Norway’s national Eurovision Song Contest finals. In 2007 he received the coveted Achievement Award at the Norwegian Grammies where his international achievements were recognized. Among his most successful songs are “You Raise Me Up” recorded by over 1000 artists (among them are Josh Groban and Westlife and Il Divo) and “I’ve Dreamed of You” recorded by Barbra Streisand.

The founding of Secret Garden has given Rolf the freedom to explore (and for us to experience) deeper emotional dimension and wider musical landscape than the earlier phase of his career had allowed. It has also proven the composer, Rolf Lovland, to be a musical force of considerable stature.

Stage Instruments: Acoustic Grand Piano or Yamaha Digital piano GT2 or NS3.
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Posted November 29th, 8:39 am

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Here’s a video from the recording process of ‘Mary’s Lament’. It’s a re-recording of our Christmas song from 2011. You can find & enjoy the whole song on our YouTube channel 🙌

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Amo a música de vocês.Meu sonho é assistir ao vivo uma apresentação de vocês, mas, moro no Nordeste do Brasil e ñ tenho condições de ir até vocês. Sempre escuto as músicas belíssimas que vocês tocam, fazem bem pra minha alma. Tenho 70 anos, mas faz tempo que acompanho vocês

This song is amazing. And those vocals…my goodness. I've never heard anything more angelic!

Cuidem- se pra terem muita saúde e continuarem alegrando a vida de muita gente, Fionnuala Sherry e Rolf Lovland. Abraços!

Quite beautiful and so spiritual! I love it❣🎶

Love it!

I love this song so much!

Cathrine has an Amazing voice….

Once again, thank you so so much. I also hope you guys would have full of joy and those who are under pressure could move on as i did.
Listen to a song from Secrect Garden.

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Posted November 28th, 3:29 pm

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«De har laget årets beste nye juleplate»

«They have made the best Christmas album this year»
-Aftenposten

www.aftenposten.no/kultur/i/lEKbPk/julealbum-en-god-blanding-nostalgi-patos-og-melodi

Thank you! 🙏🏼
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«De har laget årets beste nye juleplate» 

«They have made the best Christmas album this year» 
-Aftenposten 

https://www.aftenposten.no/kultur/i/lEKbPk/julealbum-en-god-blanding-nostalgi-patos-og-melodi

Thank you! 🙏🏼
#RolfLøvland Fionnuala Sherry Cathrine Iversen Official

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Vackert❤

I love it. Plus I enjoy hearing singing in a different language.

This is a beautiful Christmas album!

So beautiful. Have been a fan of your music for years. Best so far.

It's indeed beautiful. And though I don't understand Norwegian, I like that some tracks are using it. Benefit of it is that I can even play them the whole year and no one in my home will notice that I'm playing Christmas music in the summer 😁

Vi bara älskar den!!

Thanks

👏👍🥰

Lindos!

👍

I am so glad Rolf didn‘t take his own prediction too seriously, when he said that the seasonal Winter Poem would be as close as Secret Garden would ever get to a Christmas album😉 Sacred Night is a brilliant album! I love it, especially Sacred Night. Cathrines beautiful voice, clear as a bell, fits perfectly. This album is one of the few highlights in this strange year. Thank you and take care of yourselves!

Divina músicas pra alma

Just ordered three copies.

Aleg Bouwman…. ehhh….

Dette må jo være flere øyne på terningen enn SG tidligere har fått til sammen i den avisen? 😂

Hvor kan man få kjøpt den? Platekompaniet (på nett) har den ikke på lager, og det finnes ikke lenger platebutikker i mils omkrets….

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Posted November 21st, 3:26 pm

Secret Garden

Have a listen to the track ‘Mørketid’ (‘Winter Darkness’) from our new album! The line “to overcome the darkness” took on a double meaning this year ♥️
The whole song can be found on YouTube: youtu.be/xI4KnLSU4vs
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期待来中国演出

The whole Sacred Night release is a masterpiece. I’ve even been inspired to learn Norwegian!😀. Cathrine Iversen’s voice is incredible and all who are involved in making this wonderful piece of work should be commended.

This is so lovely, gentle and peaceful. Thank you

Why no English lyrics available on the CD sleeve, not even the song titles ?

Secret Garden never disappoints❤🎶🎶🎶🎶

👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Música belíssima

Terrible mouth masks🥱 why????

Beautiful.

Top!

Amo!❤

Bella melodía!

Bent Høie

💖 these songs and music. Especially the violin 🎻

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Posted November 16th, 12:17 pm

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Thank you @applemusic for supporting our new Christmas album “Sacred Night” 💝
Click to listen on Apple Music: 1UMG.lnk.to/SacredNight_albumFP/applemusic
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Thank you @applemusic for supporting our new Christmas album “Sacred Night” 💝
Click to listen on Apple Music: https://1UMG.lnk.to/SacredNight_albumFP/applemusic

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Quando vem para o Brazil ?

Colleen Roberts

Will it be on Amazon?

I've been listening to this album so many times. Thanks for a great album!

Posted November 15th, 10:06 am

Secret Garden

Watch the video of ‘Sagnet om Julerosen’ (‘The Legend of the Christmas Rose’) with authentic footage from the studio recording 🎥💙
The full video (with subtitles) can be enjoyed on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=h43KOBLEbNs

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Terrible not working mouth mask.The sound is beautiful

Vakkert! 🤗

I love her voice as much as I love Fionnuala and Rolf❣
I could listen til eternity!

It’s a beautiful album!

So Beautiful 🌹

Can’t wait for the album’s arrival!

Lee S Richardson

So beautiful!

Nydelig

❤️

Gorgeous voice!!❤

Simply beautiful, a gorgeous pure voice ❤️❤️

Beatiful

Beautiful music.

Sanaol

Nydelig❤️

👏👏👏

Vakkert😁

Beautyful voice ❤❤ I love SG

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