Evelyn Grant, Cork Pops Orchestra to Present Primary School Shows Featuring DABBLEDOOMUSIC, March 5

Evelyn Grant, Cork Pops Orchestra to Present Primary School Shows Featuring DABBLEDOOMUSIC, March 5

Evelyn Grant and The Cork Pops Orchestra will present two primary school shows on Wednesday 5th March at 10:00am and 12:00 noon. This years concert features Dabbledoomusic.

Dabbledoomusic is a multimedia musical experience for young music makers, combining words, illustration, sound, performance and animation, The project is the result of a collaboration between music maker Shane Mc Kenna and visual artist Killian Redmond and aims to make music more accessible and fun for children and teachers alike, through free online musical activities.

Dabbledoomusic uses a unique system of colour-coded, animated musical notation. Unlike conventional notation this system is designed to encourage people of all musical backgrounds and levels of experience to participate through collaborative performance and composition.

Rapper GMC (aka Garry McCarthy) will liven up things with his own 'rap' version of the classic Pachelbels Cannon.

GMC is a highly-regarded music producer/rapper/youth workshop facilitator from Co. Cork. He recently recorded 'Doing the Jimmy Barry Murphy', and has already released 3 albums, and penned a top 20 hit with "Not Tonight - The Bouncer Song". His performances include the Electric Picnic and The Marquee in Cork. Garry has a unique style which brings witty, edgy and local lyrics over some of the catchiest beats out there. Never trying to Americanize his music, Garry remains true to himself and urges young people to try do the same when expressing themselves lyrically and musically. Garry has run projects for Music Generation, Cork, the Cork Academy of Music, Triskel Arts Centre, Mayfield Arts Project and Dean Street Youth Reach, among others. He has a first class honours degree in Multimedia, and also has a first class honours masters in Business Information Systems. See his website for details of his workshops for schools.

The Cork Pops Orchestra, conducted by Evelyn Grant, has been performing concerts for schools for over twenty five years. Generations of young people from the Munster region have been introduced to the joy of classical music through this entertaining, inspiring, and educational experience.

Making connections between music of the past and present has been central to the programmes presented - with the latest music technology and popular hits demonstrated and explored.

Teachers Notes will be provided with background details on the music performed.

The programme will include Purcell and Britten's Theme to A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Respighi's The Birds, Leroy Anderson's The Waltzing Cat, Saint-Saens' Carnival of Animals excerpts, Offenbach's Can-Can, Prokovief's Peter and the Wolf excerpts, Beethoven's Ode to Joy, Pachelbel's Canon (original and rap versions), and Elbow's One Day Like This. It will also include Adele's Skyfall, selections from Elvis Presley, Queen's We Are The Champions, and 3 Little Birds.

Evelyn Grant has a busy career as a performer, broadcaster, examiner and adjudicator. A regular voice of RTE Lyric fm, she has made several radio documentaries, including 'Love Notes' for the Doc on One (RTE Radio 1), celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the National Youth Orchestra. She was awarded a PhD for her research on Social Inclusion in Music Education in Ireland.

The Cork Pops Orchestra, conducted by Evelyn Grant, played its inaugural concert to 50,000 people in an open air 'Proms' on the final night of the Tall Ships visit to Cork in July 1991, and has been part of many important civic celebrations since that year.

Highlights of the orchestra's career include the Lord Mayor's Concerts; Cork 2005 European Cultural Capital performances with Sir James Galway and many more. The Tea-Dances for the Young at Heart are a much-loved part of their activity; alongside regular performances at Strauss Balls for various fund-raising events.The orchestra was seen by 62 million viewers in the US in a PBS special featuring Tommy Fleming, recorded in Knock Basilica.

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