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Monday, 14 December 2009


“The Spirit Of Christmas by Candlelight”

Performed by The Locrian Ensemble of London
City Hall, Cork.
Wednesday 16th December
Tickets €30, €25, €20
Booking Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett St., Cork. 

THE Locrian Ensemble is made up of many of Ireland’s finest string musicians now working in London. They are performing a candlelit concert of Christmas music in Ireland, Wednesday December 16th, attired in lavish period costume and performed in an evocative setting. The Ensemble is well known for its attractive programmes and entertaining style of presentation.

The concert will be presented by Dr Evelyn Grant, whose daughter Jean Kelly will perform on concert harp. Jean performs regularly with the Locrian Ensemble and was the harpist on the sound track of ‘Lord of the Rings’. They will be joined by West End star soprano, Jill Washington.

Jill Washington has performed the lead role of Christine in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera” more than any other performer worldwide. She has sung the role with Michael Crawford and David Willetts. Jill was also a principal singer in the Gilbert and Sullivan D’Oyly Carte Company.  

The concerts will include beautiful arrangements of carols for harp and strings, carols for soprano and ensemble, baroque Christmas concerto, seasonal favourites such as “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”, “Walking in the Air”, Lloyd Webber’s “Pie Jesu”, with appearances from Scrooge, and even a Christmas fairy!

The Locrian Ensemble are top classical musicians working in London, and have a large body of critically acclaimed recorded works to credit. Their "Candlelight Classics" series of concerts, performed in sumptuous period costumes, have proved enormously popular over the past years, and the ensemble have carved a unique and enviable position for themselves in British music-making. The Locrian enjoy a unique rapport with their audiences, presenting their programmes with energy, commitment and good humour.  They have such a busy and varied schedule that they are considered one of the most dynamic groups working in the field of classical music today.

When not performing in theatres, members of the Locrian enjoy high-profile careers working in the studios of London, supporting top names in the pop world, as well as appearing on the Oscar-winning soundtracks to films such as "Harry Potter", "Lord of the Rings", Bond 007, “Quantum of Solace”, "Gladiator", “The Golden Compass” and "Da Vinci Code" to name but a few. On television, their members provide the backing music to programmes such as "X Factor" and BBC’s "Judge John Deed".

“The Locrians have a formidable international reputation”
London Evening Standard

“The Locrians were spirited and sensitive; ensemble and balance were precise, the result was utter pleasure”
The Daily Telegraph

For further details, please contact Gerry Kelly M: 087 2462636

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