Barry Douglas is an incredibly gifted classical pianist, but it could be argued that is the least of his talents. For he is a man who gives so much of his time to nurture other precocious musicians in his native Northern Ireland, and also to help stage a world class classical music festival each year at Clandeboye.
Of course he would modestly insist that many others help stage the festival. That is true, but it would never have been such a success without Barry being its figurehead. His status as a world-class pianist means he can persuade other globally recognised musicians to come here and help young people on their way to potential stardom. We in Northern Ireland are lucky to have a star like Barry so rooted in his homeland.