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Cork Pops Orchestra to Bring HARP MAGIC to City Hall and UL Limerick

Cork Pops Orchestra to Bring HARP MAGIC to City Hall and UL Limerick

The annual Cork Pops Orchestra series of concerts for primary and post primary schools continues with 'Harp Magic', presented by Evelyn Grant and featuring harpist Jean Kelly.

The concerts will take place in November at City Hall, Cork and University of Limerick Concert Hall.

Primary School Shows: City Hall, Cork - Tuesday 7th November at 10am and 12 noon; and Wednesday 8th November at 10am and 12noon.

Post-Primary School Shows: Thursday 9th November - 10am & 12 noon

Primary/Post Primary Shows: University of Limerick Concert Hall - Friday 10th November 10.15am and 12 noon

This year's programme features the instrument that is Ireland's national emblem - The Harp. Music for concert harp provides a context for social and cultural history of the 18th and 19th century, while the electric harp brings us right in to the 21st century, accompanying songs and dance tracks from recent pop music hits.

We will start each concert with the National Anthem, the words of which, will be projected on a big screen. This will be the first time for many of the children to sing the anthem with live orchestral accompaniment in an arrangement by TC Kelly (Jean Kelly's grandfather)

Dance music producer DJ Dashka and vocalist Keith Hanley will join forces with our soloist, Jean Kelly, on electric harp. Plenty of audience participation is always encouraged and song lyrics and images will be projected on the screen.

The programme, as usual, is curriculum-based, and makes connections between music of the past and present. The concert focuses on active and attentive listening, encourages audience participation, and is a multi-media experience. Classroom resources are provided to participating schools. Further internet links can be found on the orchestra's website on

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