10 December 2015
By David O’Sullivan
The Christmas tradition in Cork is now firmly established with a visit to the Cork Youth Orchestra’s annual Christmas Concert during the run up to Christmas.
Following on from the success of the ‘Night at the Proms’ Concert in Cork’s City Hall last May, Cork Youth Orchestra, conducted by Tomás McCarthy are delighted to present Cork’s Christmas Proms Concert on 12th Dec 2015 in the City Hall.
The evening Christmas Proms Concert (8pm) will have many guests such as Michael McCarthy, a favourite among Cork audiences. Michael McCarthy made an incredible impact internationally with his critically acclaimed and powerful portrayal of Inspector Javert in the RSC musical production of Les Misérables. Les Neish will also give a performance of Tubby the Tuba which will accompanied not only by the Cork Youth Orchestra but also live animation by Sean O’Brien. Les Neish is one of the leading tuba players of his generation. His endeavours as a tuba player have gained him recognition as a soloist, chamber musician and educator throughout the world. The Lee Singers will add to the festive spirit. Cork Arts Studio Youth Choir will also perform.
The Cork Youth Orchestra are also putting on two special matinees where The Snowman (afternoon matinee only), the ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas (narrated by Pakie O’Callaghan) and Tubby the Tuba will be played.
· These are suitable for all ages and will be at 12 noon and 2pm.
These concerts are a lovely introduction to children to the world of classical music. Children will have another opportunity to dress up and come out and savour the heartwarming atmosphere that everyone who has ever gone to the Cork Youth Orchestra Christmas Concerts knows and love so well. The compere for all concerts will be the ever popular and charismatic Evelyn Grant.
This talented group of young players represent the best of Cork’s musical talent and are the same group that brought Colm Wilkinson, James Galway, Altan, Michael Ball and Hayley Westenra (among others) to the City Hall, Cork.
So, for what promises to be a spectacular day of music, book early through Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett St. (021 4271659), Ticketmaster, O’Driscoll’s, Ballinlough or from a member of the orchestra.