Irish Pensioners Choir

Choir with legendary Irish duo, Foster & Allen, in London 2014

Choir with legendary Irish duo, Foster & Allen, in London 2014

The Irish Pensioners Choir brings together around 30 older Irish people, most of whom are in their 70s and 80s. They come from all over Ireland and have made their homes here in London over many decades.

The choir was founded over 10 years ago in London and, although an independent group, has been supported by the Irish Elderly Advice Network throughout this time.

Breda, Maura and Anne (Irish Pensioners Choir) with John Sheahan, Dubliners

Breda, Maura and Anne (Irish Pensioners Choir) with John Sheahan, Dubliners

The choir has performed for audiences of tens of thousands including at London’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Trafalgar Square for several years, and as part of the Irish community choir in the Royal Albert Hall in honour of President Michael D Higgin’s state visit to Britain in 2014. They have sung on UK television, including for Sir Terry Wogan on ITV and on the BBC’s The One Show. They have performed on RTE Radio and Television and are regularly played by Donncha Ó Dúlaing on the very popular  Fáilte Isteach (10 pm on Saturday evenings on RTÉ Radio 1.)
The choir recorded a beautiful album of old Irish songs, Songs of Love and Emigration, which has been very popular with the Irish community, young and old, here in London and back home in Ireland. This will shortly be available to buy from our online store. The choir has also been involved more recently in a new recording project in collaboration with the Irish Elderly Advice Network and the Electricity Supply Board. More details about this coming soon.

In the last year they recorded two songs and videos with the legendary Foster & Allen in an album that went into the Top Ten in the Irish folk charts. Click here to view the Irish Pensioners Choir with Foster & Allen singing Gold and Silver Days. 

The choir is always open to new members, there are no auditions and it is great fun. If you would like to get in touch, email cultureoffice@irishelders.org.uk or by phone 02082169441.

Irish Pensioners' Choir with their new choir leader Natasha Lohan and Director if the Irish Elderly Advice Network Sally Mulready, on the steps of the London Irish Centre

Irish Pensioners’ Choir with their new choir leader Natasha Lohan and Director if the Irish Elderly Advice Network Sally Mulready, on the steps of the London Irish Centre

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