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Coming Together Through Music

Our Musical Heritage Is Our Strength

The Irish Pensioners Choir brings together around 30 older Irish people, most of whom are aged over 60. 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.

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 also 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.

The Irish Pensioners Choir Constitution

A Printable Version Of The Choir  Constitution Is Available Here:

1. Title of the Group is the London Irish Pensioners Choir.

2. The aims of the London Irish Pensioners Choir are to provide opportunities for older Irish people to improve their quality of life , their physical and mental health and wellbeing by taking part regularly in performances as members of an Irish Pensioners Choir.

3. The Choir will seek opportunities to perform at community venues, arts and drama centres and other venues that are made available and are accessible to older people and people with disabilities.

4. The primary purpose of the London Irish Pensioners Choir is to preserve and pass on Irish culture to future generations through live performances of old Irish songs, music, dance and drama. The Choir is a not-for-profit organisation.

5. Membership is open to any Pensioners or their partners who subscribe to the aims of the Choir and who want to collaborate in the preservation of Irish songs and Irish culture of a previous generation.

6. Membership of he Choir shall be at the discretion of the majority of the committee but shall not be unreasonable withheld. Membership is one fund per year to be collected by the Treasurer at the Annual General Meeting.

7. Members shall elect a Chair, Secretary and Treasurer and two other members to form a committee at an annual general meeting held in September or October of every year.

8. The Chair shall be held by any one person for no more than three years and a fourth year only with the agreement of two thirds of the members of the Committee.

9. Revenue raised form Concerts and other performances shall be lodged by the Treasurer in the Choir’s account and used firstly to meet the travel and other costs of the Choir members. Cheques must be signed by two members of the Committee one of whom must be the Treasurer.

10. Other income from Trusts or statutory bodies must be used only for the purposes for which it has been given. This shall be the responsibility of the Committee and a financial report must be made to the Annual General Meeting and at other times if requested by a member of the management committee.

11. The Choir shall operate within an Equal Opportunities framework and will seek to promote equality of opportunity for all its members without discrimination on grounds of religion, gender or disability.

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