Jean’s next engagement looks set to be an educational excursion of an eclectic sort.
“I am off on a UK tour with a group called The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments. For our winter line-up, we are performing as a trio — Hardanger fiddle, Nickelharpa and Irish harp.” Evelyn, meanwhile, relishes the upcoming projects and performances that form part and parcel of her work.
“I’m looking forward to presenting the Cork Youth Orchestra’s Christmas Concert in City Hall, early in December.
“Such a wonderful group of young musicians! This is the proper start of Christmas season for me.
“Then, there’s a collaboration with Voiceworks and the Percussion Department of the Cork School of Music, a concert in aid of Cork University Hospital Children’s Unit.
“Not forgetting my work on RTÉ Lyric FM— I love when the Christmas music begins on Lyric after December 8.” ‘Harp Magic’ runs at City Hall, Cork, November 7, 8 and 9, and University Concert Hall, Limerick, November 10.
Tickets and concert details are on www.corkpops.ie.
This year’s programme features the instrument that is Ireland’s national emblem – The Harp. They 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 Jean Kelly, on electric harp also during the concert.