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Secret Garden to perform in Malaysia

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Secret Garden will make its maiden appearance in Malaysia next mont. The concert is to be heald in Plenary Hall, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on November 8th.

Newspaper Thestar.com.my writes:

When Josh Groban sang You Raise Me Up in 2004, people sat up to take notice. The song peaked at #1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and since then, it has been recorded by scores of artistes.

Despite being a hit, the song’s composers Rolf Lovland and Brendan Graham have gone largely unnoticed in this part of the world. Very few people are aware that Secret Garden was the first group to record the song back in 2001.

Music fans here will find out more about this Irish-Norwegian duo, featuring composer/pianist Lovland and violinist Fionnuala Sherry, as it will roll out its first Malaysian performance on Nov 8

Secret Garden made history after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1995 with Nocturne, an entry that was more of an instrumental piece than a (lyrical) song. In the nearly six decade history of this European television extravaganza, an instrumental piece had never before won until Secret Garden came along with its composition.

This surprise victory successfully launched Secret Garden’s first album, Songs From A Secret Garden (1996), which quickly went international. Since then, the group has recorded seven albums, and in August, released its eighth record internationally called Just The Two Of Us.

As an album, Just The Two Of Us is completely different from its previous offerings.

“Our music is very much based on simple melodies and over the years in concerts, we’ve always played a couple of songs just with violin and piano, and in a way, that’s where all our music starts. So we felt it would be a nice idea to put everything aside just to focus on the melody and it was a challenge because we decided to bring the music down to the core,” says Lovland in a phone interview from Oslo, Norway.

Read it here.

Tickets are available here.