The Northern Irish branch of Live Music Now has produced its first short video, showing the impact of live music on older people in day centres. Filmed at Foyleville Day Centre, Derry-Londonderry, the video features two of Northern Ireland’s most promising young musicians – mezzo soprano Laura McFall, and pianist Kristine Donnan. The duo, known as Voice and Verse, are shown leading a group of older people in music, movement and laughter.
Manager of Foyleville Patrick McKeever, who features in the video said, ‘Music moves people in ways I can’t fully explain, but to see people mouthing the words of songs and singing along is amazing. This is something completely different and original for day centres.’
Alice Lewis, Branch Director of Live Music Now, commented ‘Live Music Now has been operational in Northern Ireland for over twenty five years. In that time we’ve brought the incomparable experience of live music to thousands of people in community groups, day centres, schools, care homes, hospitals and hospices.
‘In a challenging and competitive funding environment we need to be able explain what we do quickly to potential partners, funders, donors and others. I believe this video captures some of the magic of Live Music Now that can be hard to put into words. We’re grateful to The Honourable The Irish Society for helping us to make it happen and hope this video will help generate support to enable us to keep up the excellent work.’
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