The Cork Pops Orchestra will continue their school concert series at the University of Limerick this Friday, November 10.
The orchestra was founded broadcaster by Evelyn Grant, best known for her ‘Evelyn Grant’s Weekend Drive’ show on Lyric FM, alongside her husband Gerry Kelly.
The Cork Pops Orchestra have been performing concerts for school children for over 25 years, introducing generations of young people to the joy of classical music and orchestral instruments.
They were founded in 1991 to mark the arrival of the ‘Tall Ships’ in Cork Harbour, and they now perform in front over 10,000 school children annually.
The title of this year’s production is ‘Harp Magic’ , and focuses on the instrument which is the national emblem of Ireland: the harp.
The harp music featured will provide a context for social and cultural history of the 18th and 19th century, while the electric harp provides a more modern take on the instrument, featuring songs and dance tracks from recent pop music hits.
Music from popular movies such as Star Wars, E.T., and Harry Potter will also be a part of the production.
By including a more modern take on classical music and its instruments, the Cork Pops Orchestra aims to engage with a young audience, many of whom will be encountering this genre of music for the first time.
The concert will feature Cork-born harpist Jean Kelly, who has enjoyed a diverse career, in classical music, West-End musicals, film scores, traditional and medieval music.
She has performed at a number of landmark events, such as Queen Elizabeth’s historic visit to Ireland, as well as the visit of President Michael D. Higgins to Windsor Castle.
Former Voice of Ireland winner Keith Hanley will also appear in the show, having recently ended a hugely successful run in ‘Annie – The Musical’ at Cork Opera House.
The Cork Pops Orchestra will perform two shows in the University Concert Hall on Friday afternoon.