Make way, guys and gals from Celtic Thunder and Celtic Woman! To be sure, to be sure...there’s no music quite like it. And where better to hear the very best than in the auspices of the QPAC Concert Hall with the Queensland Pops Orchestra!
The Celtic vibe comes alive in 2020 with the third of the Pops’ sensational series concerts. Think River Dances, Scottish kilts and pipes, Irish whistles and fiddles, Welsh male voice choirs, tender love lilts...not to mention all those moving reminiscences on windswept moors and craggy hills across the great Celtic musical landscape.
Watch Musical Director Patrick Pickett (a true ‘Lord of The Dance’!) swirl his baton as he works the rich seam of Celtic classics in one of the Queensland Pop Orchestra’s most requested series concerts. Hear the legends, the fables, the humour, the melancholy and the euphoria all come to life with some of Australia’s best-loved singers and traditional instrumentalists and dancers. A warm welcome back to special guest stars Gregory Moore and Sarah Calderwood, who will combine the very best elements of Celtic music into one unforgettable package.
You want it all? You’ll hear it all! Greg is a Queensland Pops Orchestra institution in his own right – he’s donned many a kilt since his first “Scotland The Brave” in 1998. Greg is in high demand for his performance style and versatility as a cross-over pop opera artist. His stage credits are numerous and colourful: an original member of The Ten Tenors, world tours of the acclaimed Australian production Scotland The Brave, a Musical Events Producer for the Brisbane City Council, and a regular star on international cruise ships. Greg has recorded three studio albums – including one with the Queensland Pops Orchestra, I’ve Dreamed With You – and his own TV Special for Foxtel Arts.
Sarah is an ARIA-nominated performer, uniting classic and contemporary folk music as a singer, storyteller, composer, and flute and tin whistle player. Her silvery voice is organically pure yet laced with steel – and she has been described as passionate, enigmatic, lyrically brilliant and richly musical. Sarah’s Celtic ancestry origins can be traced back to Jacobite Scotland and the Campbell of Cawdor Clan; other branches reach back to Northern Ireland, where her great-great uncle Hugh Calderwood – a coal trimmer who worked aboard the RMS Titanic – perished when the ship struck an iceberg and sank in 1912.
Returning to showcase his traditional Irish music talents is Kevin Higgins, whose early musical life was influenced by his Irish uncles Francie and Eddie Dornan, who played accordion and fiddle when he was a wee lad. His journey into Irish music continued after emigrating to Australia with his family. Kevin plays the concert wooden flute and is a master of the Uilleann Pipes, both of which he plays extensively as soloist and in bands in Australia and overseas.
Savour the spectacular precision of the all-star line-up of dancers, who will be the crowning glory of this Celtic spectacular: the Watkins Academy of Irish Dance, the Oz Scot Highland Dancers and the glorious strains of the BBC Pipes and Drums promise, all of which will awaken the ancient spirits and leave you spellbound. Join the Queensland Pops Orchestra’s Celtic Grandeur and open up a whole new world of history, legend, folklore and more.
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