Teacher’s Notes



 We look forward to seeing you in City Hall, Cork for this year’s Cork Pops Orchestra Concerts for Schools Series. Our programme is entitled ‘Blockbuster Classics – Music from the Movies’. It contains some of the great film scores that will be very familiar to our audiences, (Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lord of the Rings); some great classical music used in film (Verdi, Mozart); and some great ‘classics’ of the world of film (The Sound of Music, Charlie Chaplin, Walt Disney.) Our focus this year is on developing the ability to separate sound and vision in an increasingly visual and multi-media world.

Composer, John Williams, has spoken about the distinction that has existed between  composition in ‘fine arts and in media arts’.  The boundary between the two becomes increasingly blurred, as composers in both fields combine old and new technologies in their work.  We are delighted to collaborate this year with DJ Dashka, (www.djdashka.com), who recently completed a Master’s degree in Music Technology at CIT.

As always, our audience will have an opportunity to raise their own voices and join in a few songs.

On our web-site www.corkpops.ie , you will find links to exciting Youtube video clips relevant to the concert programme and a film fact file. You will also find links from last year’s concert, and to some of our favourite websites explaining the instruments of the orchestra, and general information about the basic elements of music.

Thank you for your continued support and we hope you will enjoy the concert.

Evelyn Grant and the Cork Pops Orchestra.