Have you ever wondered what would happen if you mix Billie Eilish with a group of Irish classical musicians?

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you mix Billie Eilish with a group of Irish classical musicians?

Have you ever wondered what sounds would emerge when Billie Eilish’s Bad Guy and Dua Lipa’s IDGAF intertwine with the likes of Debussy’s Suite bergamasque and Mozart’s Piano Sonata- No 11 in A Major?

Well, if you're attending Body and Soul festival this weekend, you’re soon to find out.

From the team that brought you Jenny Greene and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra comes a rousing collaboration, featuring concert pianist Máire Carroll, a twenty-four piece orchestral ensemble and hits from the likes of Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish and Dua Lipa.

At 5 pm on Saturday, June 22 at the Main Stage at Body & Soul in Ballinlough Castle, Co Westmeath, RTÉ 2FM presents the world premiere of 2FM Live Classical Collision, with a stomping 45-minute set, mixing classical and contemporary as you have never heard them before.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you mix Billie Eilish with a group of Irish classical musicians?

The mismatch of stomping current bops with well-known classical compositions results in a head-on collision and rousing musical set, accompanied 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.

Dan Healy, Head of 2FM and Radio Strategy, said: "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. 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?

As luck would have it, Máire Carroll, a young Irish concert pianist, made contact which sparked the idea of a 2FM Live Classical Collision. I can't wait for her open the show with Debussy and crash it on to Lizzo's Juice and move Chopin into Bad Guy by Billie Eilish. This won't be a one-off!

For acclaimed pianist Máire Carroll, the chance to mash-up Chopin and Miley Cyrus proved too exciting to resist.

"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.”

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