The Cork Pops Orchestra provides a music entertainment service ranging from wedding quartets to orchestral concerts for schools. Directed by broadcaster and musician Evelyn Grant and ‘cellist Gerry Kelly, we bring a magical musical experience to every occasion. They also work with the RTÉ lyric fm quartet and do outreach and educational work in schools, libraries,care homes and Institutes of Technology.

Evelyn Grant, RTÉ lyric fm

The Cork Pops Orchestra, 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, concerts for schools 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.

Gerry Kelly, Cork Pops Orchestra