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Sunday 21 July 2019

Classical Collision set at Body & Soul festival will mash up Miley and Mozart

RTE 2FM present a new contemporary and classical offering

Pianist Maire Carroll will perform at Body & Soul this weekend.
Pianist Maire Carroll will perform at Body & Soul this weekend.

Áine Kenny

The team behind the hugely successful Jenny Green and the RTE Concert Orchestra concerts are bringing a new classical and contemporary hybrid to Body & Soul Festival this weekend.

2FM's Classical Collision will feature concert pianist Máire Carroll, a twenty-four piece orchestral ensemble, and vocals from Karen Cowley of Wyvern Lingo, Erica Cody and Max Zanga of Tebi Rex.

Premiering at 5pm on Saturday June 22 on the Main Stage, the show will span 45 minutes, and mix classical and contemporary music. Mash ups include Billy Eilish’s Bad Guy and Mozart’s Piano Sonata No 11 in A Major.

The mismatch of current hits with well-known classical compositions promises an interesting and unique sound complimented by live singers.

The set, conducted by Kenneth Rice from the Irish Chamber Orchestra, will be brought to a close with a powerful performance of The Cranberries' 'Dreams', with vocals from Wyvern Lingo.

"We are very grateful to Avril Stanley and her team at Body & Soul for giving us the main stage to present something we believe is really very special," saiys Dan Healy, Head of 2FM and Radio Strategy.

The set aims to pay tribute to the music geniuses of old.

"The 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth is next year and I sometimes think we forget that he and all the great classical composers were the innovators of their day, the same way Beyoncé and U2 are now. So why not showcase great classical music with the amazing music we have now?" Mr Healy adds.

Critically acclaimed pianist Máire Carroll says that sampling is common in modern music and she's excited to be able to take part in a new musical venture.

“You have got your standard piano pieces that everyone is familiar with and that have stood the test of time, and you are putting it alongside pieces that a younger generation would be more familiar with. You are showing the link between the two and showing that actually they do go together," Ms Carroll says.

"All these tunes that are on our setlist just made me so excited. I was thrilled to add in Seven Rings by Ariana Grande, for example, because I just love her. The fact that she samples My Favourite Things from The Sound of Music in the piece, shows she is a contemporary young artist looking to the past to see what she can change and recreate - similar to what we are doing here.”

2FM Rising also returns to Body and Soul on Friday afternoon, with Pillow Queens, Tebi Rex and ROE taking to the Woodlands Stage. At 6pm, Fia Moon will perform, followed by Rushes and JyellowL. True Tides will bring Rising to a close from 2.45am on Saturday morning.

Body & Soul festival celebrates its 10th birthday this weekend in Ballinlough Castle, Co Westmeath from June 21 to 23.

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