On Thursday night the Irish Pensioners Choir took part in a gorgeous intergenerational collaboration with Hackney School of Folk Music. 70 people aged between 5-90 in one room, for a big musical extravaganza!
The evening saw the two groups rehearse and perform an arrangement of Raglan Road, which included an instrumental arranged for the different instruments, abilities and ages of the folk school students, solos from members of the Irish Pensioners Choir and Hackney School of Folk, and a special solo sung by Sally Mulready.
It was an intense hour and a half rehearsal, but everyone worked incredibly hard and it paid off when we were able to perform the full song, complete with instrumental, 3 part harmonies and solos at the end of the night.
The rehearsal and performance were filmed and will become part of the documentary film being made by the Irish Elderly Advice Network focussing on the cultural, historical and musical legacy of 1916. The main focus of the collaboration was to help illustrate how music is shared and passed on across generations and how Irish heritage can be celebrated at any age.
Here is a sneaky behind the scenes look at the collaboration. You will be able to see the whole film later this year including interviews with older, footage of older Irish drama and the Irish Elderly Advice Network trip to West Cork with 32 older Irish people amongst other things.