The Cork Pops Orchestra’s Autumn Concerts 2012 for Schools’ series, devised and presented by Evelyn Grant have sold out. Gerry Kelly says ‘we are delighted with the enthusiastic response from teachers,pupils and parents. This series is the highlight of our year. These concerts have been running for more than 20 years and the children of the initial audiences are now attending- it seems the Gorilla will never grow up!’
These themed concerts are designed to inspire, entertain and educate young people, giving them the opportunity to see live orchestral instruments and discover music of many genres and across several centuries and cultures.
The orchestra’s much loved ’cello-playing gorilla has enjoyed a central role in the orchestra – by popular demand – since he starred in a concert called ‘Peter and the Wolf and other animals’ many years ago.
As the orchestra explores treasures of the classical music repertoire, students discover that they are more familiar with it than they realised – through film, television and video games. Plenty of audience participation is always encouraged.
The teachers’ notes and CD will provide lots of ideas on how to use the popular songs on the programme to enhance other areas of the curriculum; tips on what to listen for in the music; and show how the structure of inspirational music from hundreds of years ago is rooted in the music of today.
Due to popular demand there will extra shows in the new year February 7th in City Hall, Cork see www.corkpops.ie for further details