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Meet the Audience - Gerry Kelly

Posted on: Friday, 15th June 2018 @ 2:14pm

Big thanks to Gerry for this lovely snippet highlighting our West Cork Chamber Music Festival (and out other festivals!).

Gerry has been a supporter of our festivals since the beginning - and it's often his photographs you'll catch on our social media pages during the festivals.

About Gerry Kelly

Gerry KellyCellist Gerry Kelly began his musical studies with his father TC Kelly in Clongowes Wood. He subsequently studied in Germany, with the legendary French ’cellist Paul Tortellier. He has performed in Europe, the US, Canada and Japan.

He is the managing director of the Cork Pops Orchestra (Conductor - Evelyn Grant). They provide a music entertainment service ranging from quartets for weddings to orchestral concerts for schools.

He has been active as a patron and promoter of concerts both nationally and internationally since 1982.

He was board member of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland for over thirty years. He has provided entertainment for practically every major festival since Cork 800 in 1985.

He is the founder/director of the Cork City String quartet, which specialises in music for weddings and corporate events.

Gerry Kelly is a former lecturer at the Cork School of Music (1978-2009) and active campaigner for music education. He was centrally involved in the ‘political’ campaign for the new CIT Cork School of Music.

He has embraced ‘Social Media’, which can be detected by his digital footprints! He has a keen interest in video and photography, which he uses to promote mainly music and arts related events and engage with the world at large.

He has recently learnt how to sail and manage an allotment to the amusement of his family and colleagues.

With fellow Common Purpose graduate Dr. Andrew Crosbie he has revived the Lord Mayor’s annual Tea Dance for ‘The Young at Heart' . This dance in City Hall, Cork attracts a capacity audience and is run in conjunction with the voluntary assistance of Common Purpose graduates from every year.

He is married to Evelyn Grant (lecturer and broadcaster) and they have 4 children - all of whom are accomplished international professional musicians, who work in the classical, jazz and folk fields.

Gerry Kelly specialises in Weddings, Corporate Events, Music Promotion, Event Management and Music for Funerals.

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World Premiere of Deirdre Gribbin’s Kindersang

Posted on: Monday, 04th June 2018 @ 2:24pm

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Festival features the World Premiere of Deirdre Gribbin’s Kindersang, which marks the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht and the development of the Kindertransport movement that rescued 10,000 Jewish children from the Nazis. The work is being composed especially for the electrifying combination of violinist Nurit Stark and soprano Caroline Melzer.

This performance is part of the main evening concert at 8pm in St Brendan’s Church on Tuesday 3 July. The concert also features Haydn’s Quartet in F minor Op.20/5 performed by the Dudok Kwartet and Schubert’s Schwanengesang performed by tenor Mark Padmore and pianist Julius Drake. There are still a few tickets available and you can book here.

Here’s Deirdre Gribbin talking about the inspiration behind Kindersang:

Deirdre Gribbin

Deirdre Gribbin was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

She was an award winner in the 2003 UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers with her work Empire States, and won a prestigious Arts Foundation Award for her first opera Hey Persephone! which had an acclaimed run at the Aldeburgh/Almeida Opera Festival.

Her music has been performed worldwide including The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, UKwithNY Festival featured in The New York Times and The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland.

Find out more here.

".this Belfast born composer is one of the most original thinkers to emerge in recent years." ~ Richard Morrison, The Times

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