Evelyn’s vision for Cork Music Works is that people with a disability will hold a respected place in the field of music performance and expression.
Cork Music Works was set up by Evelyn and music therapist Judith Brereton in 2002 to provide music making and performance opportunities for people with a learning disability.
Evelyn was awarded a Ph.D. in 2006 for her research on ‘Social Inclusion in Music Education’ from UCC. She was involved in developing access programmes – ‘Exploring Education through the Arts’ – for Cork Institute of Technology at the new Cork School of Music (2007-2009). This work culminated in the publication of a report ‘Music as Tool for Social Inclusion’ by Cork City Council.
Cork Music Works provides weekly workshops for adult and teenage clients from Cope centres in the city, Enable Ireland and various centres of the Brothers of Charity. Vocals, percussion and movement are the central activities with an emphasis on improvisation and creativity.
Evelyn has a busy career as a performer, conductor, researcher, lecturer and broadcaster with Lyric FM. She is currently involved in developing access programmes – ‘Exploring Education through the Arts’ – for Cork Institute of Technology at the new Cork School of Music.
What is new about this work is that it addresses a need from several angles – providing access; training musicians to work effectively; involving other collaborators; influencing policy-makers; lobbying; advocacy and most importantly producing good work and getting it noticed.