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Soothe Songs 3 Apr 2021

Young imaginations will be captivated by this gorgeous music performance, created by singer Fiona Kelleher and composer Irene Buckley for children aged 2-5.

Join Fiona and Irene as they meet to play and sing in a magical music world. Enjoy this playful and gentle concert of new music for children in their early years.

Bring a blanket and a favourite cuddly toy, get comfy and tune into sounds and songs to soothe and delight little ears.

Download our BIG BANG Festival Kits!

In celebration of The Ark’s online adventurous music festival, BIG BANG bubble, we have created free festival kits full of music inspired activities for children and families to download and enjoy at home – before, during and after the festival.

Requirements for Participation:

For safety reasons, a parent or grown-up should be present in the room throughout the event, and if necessary be available to assist their child, so you're very welcome to enjoy the event alongside your child.

  • Computer/Tablet/Phone with internet access for Zoom – placed on a table at children’s eye level.
  • Optional: A cushion to sit on, blanket and a favourite cuddly toy if you'd like to make you even more comfortable during the performance.

Online platform: The workshop will be delivered using the Zoom video call software. This will be a private Zoom session which will only be accessed by those booked, the artists and The Ark's staff. The session will be recorded for the safety and security of all participants, however this recording will not be shared publicly and will be deleted within 30 days.

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About Fiona Kelleher

A singer, performer, composer and music graduate from UCC, Fiona has recorded and performed extensively in her career. Her highly acclaimed album, My Love Lies, is a collection of folk and Irish traditional songs that speak to her background in traditional music and her love of the Irish language.

Since 2010, Fiona has been a lead artist in the BEAG programme for Early Years, and has released a collection of new songs, I am a Little Boat, which launched at The Ark in 2013. She has also written music for three Early Years theatre productions with Graffiti Theatre, Cork. She has received bursary awards (2013/2016) from the Arts Council, as well as Cork City and County Council (2010/2014/2016), both for community projects in collaboration with artists of other disciplines as well as solo projects. She is very interested in collaboration as a source of inspiration that informs her practice. She continues to learn through her work in community settings and as a composer.

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About Irene Buckley

Award winning composer Irene Buckley is active across many music disciplines including choral, opera, orchestral, dance, theatre, film and electronics. She has received commissions from Union Chapel London, Irish National Opera, the Cork French Film Festival, and the Dutch National Youth Orchestra, the latter as a result of winning the 14th International Young Composers’ Meeting in the Netherlands. Through the different disciplines in which she composes, Irene’s music has been performed by many prestigious ensembles including the BBC Singers and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Her film score for The Swing was nominated for Best Original Music at the Festival International du Film d'Aubagne, France.

In recent years, Irene has focused on composing live scores for silent movies. These include Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc, Epstein's The Fall of the House of Usher and Murnau’s Nosferatu (co-composed with Linda Buckley). In 2020, she scored Enda Walsh’s short film, Touch, for RTE Illuminations. Irene holds a PhD in Composition and a BMus from University College Cork and an MA in Music Technology from Queens University Belfast. She has attended Composition courses in the USA, Latvia and the Netherlands, alongside Film Scoring courses under Screen Training Ireland.

Big Bang 2021

Part of BIG BANG bubble

BIG BANG is an exciting international music festival for young audiences. Following the cancellation of the BIG BANG Dublin! 2020 festival, this year it returns as BIG BANG bubble, an interactive online festival connecting adventurous young audiences through music with artists from Ireland and abroad. Sat 3rd to Mon 5th April. See the full festival programme here.