Celtic Spectacular2:30pm & 7:30pm
QPAC Concert Hall
Whatever did lovers of all things Celtic do before the Queensland Pops Orchestra came along? Where could you go to hear an extravaganza of music from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the broader Celtic nations? There’s something about Celtic music – and with each passing year, the QPO brand of Celtic magic continues to receive more hearty unison chants of ‘we want more’ than ever.
Once again, here’s your chance to be adventurous and wear your kilt or trews! Another fabulous serving of the very best treasures from one of the world’s richest ethnic music heritages hits the floorboards of QPAC in 2017. Come with your face painted and hoist your Celtic flags, and join with us in this ever-popular Pops favourite. Featuring Thistle Highland Dancers and dancers from the Watkins Academy of Irish Dance, the orchestra will also be joined by the iconic Celtic rock ensemble Murphy’s Pigs, who will warm the cockles of your heart with some typically irresistible tunes.
Introducing Sarah Calderwood to the Pops audience, a singer-songwriter flautist who unites classic with contemporary folk and is well known in Celtic band circles. In 2012 her first solo album “As Night Falls” was nominated for an ARIA award and has recently recorded “You Raise me Up” and other songs by Brendan Graham, with the Australian Girls’ Choir.
Resonance of Birralee and Toowoomba Contemporary Choral will make a stunning 120 voice choir backdrop to add colour and weight to the songs: The Minstrel Boy, The Gael, Hector the Hero, Men of Harlech and Wild mountain Thyme. A haunting a capella version of Danny Boy will send shivers up your spine. The choirs have been learning gaelic for a performance of Mo Chile Mear: a traditional allegorical song written by eighteenth-century poet Sean Clarach Mac Domhnaill, which laments the departure of Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) accompanied by the Irish single-headed frame drum, the bodhran.
Collectively, our guest artists have won a plethora of State and National titles, and are ranked among the very best in the world. Watch them showcase the power, grace and energy that epitomises the great Celtic tradition – and be amazed by the sheer excellence on show. Of course, no Celtic Pops would be complete without a dazzling display of pipes and drums. BBC Pipes and Drums will be debuting with the Pops as they prepare for their trip to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 2018… and we guarantee they’ll have you ‘slaving to the rhythm’ from start to spectacular finish!