Over 200 people attended the initial screening of a documentary about The Forever Young Chorus Finglas in the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield on Monday 3rd December. The event was launched by Carol Hanney, CEO of the City of Dublin Education and Training Board.
The film was directed by Paul Farren and produced by Kevin Smullen. It presented an entertaining look at the Chorus; how they rehearse; how they perform; how they interact. It was very well received by the audience, who really enjoyed it and gave it a standing ovation.
The film was followed by a live performance with the Chorus and their band. The performance was introduced by the Poet Paula Meehan. Paula has a great loyalty to Finglas and has performed with the group on many occasions. The group like to open with their rendition of her poem The Moons which was put to music by the Composer Sean Doherty. The live performance also got a fantastic reception and an encore.
The Forever Young Chorus is an initiative of the CDETB Adult Education Service Finglas. It was set up in 2007 and is specifically devised for older people and is unique in its approach in that its main philosophy is to present a positive image of aging through music. This involves learning and performing songs not commonly sung by older people, songs like “The Road to Nowhere” by Talking Heads, “Call Me” by Blondie, “I Found a Reason” by The Velvet Underground and many more. Its effect is positively life affirming and totally energises both the Chorus and the audience.