Secret Garden are on their "Oceana" Tour visiting Australia, NewZealand and Singapore. They gave four concerts called "A Night with Secret Garden" in Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. The highlight for Fionnuala Sherry and Rolf Lovland was a performance at Sydney Opera House. On Thursday night the concert hall was sold out completely - the audience consisting mainly of Australians, but also many from Ireland and Scandinavia - young and old. Secret Garden are well known in Europe because of their victory at the Eurovision Song Contest 1995 in Dubin. They took home victory for Norway with a song called "Nocturne" - a song almost without lyrics but with a beautiful instrumental score.
The music of Secret Garden is more for the ear than for the eye - however the stage offered lots to look at. Fionnuala appeared in a green glittering top and later in a beautiful lime-green glittering dress. She, Rolf and the band gave their best - there were dance performances and light effects - everything altogether created a magnificent atmosphere in a show that wasn't shown anywhere else in the world so far. The audience was especially impressed by faster, more rhythmical pieces like "Fairytale". There were a lot of material played from Secret Garden's new album "Once In A Red Moon" as well as three brand new compositions like "The Reel", which received huge applause and standing ovations. This song was played a second time as a final encore.
Secret Garden are very proud of taking part and winning the Eurovision Song Contest. They have shown how much winning the Contest can help gaining an international career and how much successful a Eurovision winner can be. The albums of Secret Garden were sold over 300 million times and the new song "You Raise Me Up" is currently No. 1 in the US contempory Billboard Charts - for three weeks already! Even superstar BarbraStreisand was fascinated by Secret Garden's music, not only did she record one of their songs on one of her albums ("I Dreamed Of You"), she also asked them to play their music at her wedding in California.
"Nocturne" was also played as an encore. Finniuoula pointed out that this was one of her life's very special moments, playing this song at Sydney Opera House.
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