Lord Mayor's Tea Dance for the Young at Heart, is set to be held at City Hall, in Cork Sunday 29th January 2012 from 3.00pm-6pm.
Tickets €6 Pro Musica Oliver Plunkett St., Cork
2012 is the European Year of Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity
Evelyn Grant and the Cork Pops Orchestra
This is a not-for-profit initiative to address the issue of loneliness and the elderly, organised by a local committee of people from the public, private and voluntary sectors and in conjunction with the Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Terry Shannon.
The committee is chaired by Dr. Andrew Crosbie.
Statement from the organizers: "We are asking younger people to bring an older person or a group of older people to the 'Ball'. Previous Tea Dances have proven to be great fun and the need for these events is greater now than ever before. These dances recognise the role of a previous generation and offer a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge this contribution. We are inviting 'The Young at Heart' of the nation to use the 'free travel' to come to Cork for the 'craic'. We hope by publicising this event nationwide that local groups in cities towns and villages throughout the country will repeat this initiative. Entertainment is provided by the Cork Pops Orchestra conducted by Evelyn Grant and we expect some of our dancers to out-dance 'Strictly Come Dancing'."
Tickets are now on sale in Pro Music Oliver Plunkett St. Cork.
Rona Coulter and her dancers from Viva Dance Studios will provide an entertaining interlude with a selection of dances.
Soprano Molly Lynch will join the Cork Pops Orchestra in a selection of popular songs. Molly's is continuing in the family tradition. Many of the Young at Heart will have danced to her granddad Pat Lynch (Pat Lynch and the Airchords) who had such hits as 'Mending my nets in Kinsale' and 'When You and I were Young' Pat will also sing with the orchestra.
The Cork Pops Orchestra will perform a selection of up-tempo and 'smoochy' numbers. Dancers can enjoy a range of music from Johann Strauss to Abba and demonstrate their dancing skills in waltzes, tangos, two-steps and a bit of rock 'n' roll.
The Cork Pops Orchestra's Tea Dances were devised by Gerry Kelly and grew from the successful Millennium Tea Dance project for 'The Young at Heart', which took place in Cork City and County with the assistance of the National Millennium committee and the Millennium committees of Cork City and Cork County Council. Cork City Council, HSE, CIT, Cork 2005 and the private sector have supported subsequent dances.
The Cork Pops Orchestra - www.corkpops.ie - has evolved as Ireland's only Community Orchestra providing an educational and entertainment service to the public and private sector. Large-scale projects that the orchestra has been involved in include the annual UCC Strauss Ball, the annual Doc Nunan Ball, The Kinsale Gourmet Festival, "The Tall Ships" visit to Cork, the Tour de France, the Port of Cork Maritime Festival, an annual winter and spring concert series for schools in City Hall, Tea Dances for 'The Young at Heart'. The Cork Pops Orchestra has a special interest in projects for people with a learning or physical disability. The Cork Pops Orchestra runs a mentoring programme for students and emerging young professionals in music performance, multimedia and community music.