‘Raise our Voices and Make Some Noise’.


Join Evelyn Grant and the Cork Pops Orchestra as we Raise our Voices and Make Some Noise. Experience live orchestral music, as we connect the present and the past, with great choral anthems of Orff’s O Fortuna, Handel’s Zadok the Priest, and Beethoven’s Ode to Joy; communal chants from the 1928 jazz classic The Peen’s classic pop songs; and contemporary songs led by award-winning vocalist Keith Hanley. Pianist and music producer, Jimmy Brockie, who attended the concerts himself as a child, demonstrates how his classical music studies have led him to music technology. In her introductions, Evelyn explores how, while the ‘language’ of music has evolved over the centuries, the music we enjoy singing today – from pop to hip-hop – is firmly rooted in the past. Exhilarated audience participation and active, focused listening are the hallmarks of the Cork Pops Orchestra experience, with classroom resources available on the website – www.corkpops.ie


YouTube Links to pieces on the 2023 programme

Also Sprach Zarathustra (Opening excerpt) by Richard Straus

The opening as performed by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, with famous Venezuelan conductor, Gustavo Dudamel.


The opening as used in the iconic 1968 Stanley Kubrick film ‘2001 Space Odyssey



‘O Fortuna’ from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff


O Fortuna played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir – with prominent timpanist and percussion section



Shows the conductor in action with the Latin lyrics as subtitles



O Fortuna in the World of Warcraft video game



‘Zadok, the Priest’ by George F. Handel


The coronation of King Charles 111


The arranger of Zadok the Priest for the Champions League Anthem, Tony Britten, speaks about recording the theme tune. (The harpist in the video is Jean Kelly, who plays on our classroom resources videos)



Zadok the Priest , with new lyrics for The Champions League

in the arrangement by Tony Britten


Vivaldi ‘Gloria in Excelsis Deo’

Performed by The Sixteen – with video of the score


Performed by large orchestra and choir


The ‘Ode to Joy’ anthem from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony


The Sydney Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy


‘Ode to Joy’ – section with soloists, choir and orchestra – Sydney Symphony Orchestra


‘Ode to Joy’ – Anthem of the European Union, with the German and English lyrics of the original poem by Friedrich Schiller from 1785.


Instrumental concert band version, with a still graphic of the European flag.


España Cañi – popular Spanish Pasa Doble





Classroom resources on the Cork Pops Orchestra website

that are relevant to this year’s concert.

Please note, only Ode to Joy is on the programme. The ‘performance lessons’ below introduce the instruments of the orchestra and the genres of music.

 Each ‘performance lesson’ features an Introductory video and a Performance video.


 An introduction to Pachelbel’s famous Canon in D; a modern Rap by GMC using the Canon; and an 18th century minuet. 

This lesson introduces the String Family and the Harp.

 These videos relate to the baroque pieces on the concert programme,

Handel’s Zadok, the Priest; Vivaldi’s Gloria.


 These videos feature a solo piece on the concert harp*; an Irish air for Flute, Harp & ‘cello*; And an Improvisation between harpist Jean Kelly and music producer D.J. Dashka.*

(Improvising was a very important skill in the Baroque Period, as it is again nowadays in jazz and contemporary music.)

 *not included on this year’s programme. On the concert pianist, Jimmy Brockie, will explain how he made a backing track for one of the featured pops songs. There is also an  Irish music selection.


Performance-8. – The Peanut Vendor* will be useful for the rhythms of España Cañi  and rhythms of the Caribbean. It shows how the hand-percussion instruments are played.

Musical elements that ‘weave together’ are discussed – melody; harmony; rhythm; form; dynamics; timbre; texture; & tonality.

This video explains for the Brass instruments work.


Performance-2 features Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, which IS included on this year’s programme. It looks at words and music together.

Born in 1770, in Bonn, Germany, Beethoven’s music is a bridge between the Classical period of Haydn and Mozart, and the Romantic period of Chopin, Berlioz, Schubert, Mendelssohn etc.  Written in 1823, his ninth and final symphony included an anthem inspired by the 1785 poem by Friedrich Schiller, on the theme of brotherhood, freedom, and peace between all nations. In 1972, the Council of Europe adopted the Ode to Joy as its anthem. In 1985, the European Heads of State adopted the song as the anthem of the European Union. It was not intended to replace each country’s anthem, but to be symbolic of unity in diversity, and the shared values of the member states of the European Union.

This video features the woodwind section of the orchestra.

This video also features an anthem written many years ago by John C. Murphy for the Cork Pops Orchestra. It is called ‘Sing a Song of Joy’

We invite you to create your own lyrics for this song – on the theme of ‘peace’ (or a theme of your own choice.). We would love if you would make a recording of your class or choir singing this anthem and email it to us.  corkpops@gmail.com


 This is worth having a look at, as it introduces the basic elements of music and features the very popular Bolero, by Maurice Ravel, and has good close-up shots of the snare drum, and of the instruments playing the melody. All sections of the orchestra are features – strings, woodwind, brass, and percussion.





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