Sounds good: Men over 55 invited to join new music workshops


Males, aged 55 and over are being invited to join music workshops in the Derry and Strabane areas from 5th September as part of an initiative to get older people more involved in the arts.

The workshops, which will be held at Strabane Library, the Tower Museum and the Central Library in Derry are supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s, Arts and Older Peoples Programme, which is joint funded by Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, the Public Health Agency and the Baring Foundation.

Jean Smyth from Strabane’s Alley Theatre, who is organising the events said: “These events are organised as part of the latest round in the Arts for the Third Age programme. Any man aged 55 years and above is welcome to attend. It is a perfect opportunity for anyone interested in music and especially those who feel their music skills have become somewhat rusty.

“There is no requirement to be a skilled musician, just a willingness to take part and commit to the weekly classes over ten weeks. These classes use music and the arts to inspire a sense of camaraderie amongst those participating, similar to that found in bands and musical organisations and opportunities to meet new friends who share a love for music.”

Two workshops, one in Derry/Londonderry and one in Strabane will be guided by professional musicians. The classes are free of charge and will discuss popular music, help participants develop music skills and work on a communal piece together by the end of the programme. The workshops will take place every Tuesday from September 5 at the Strabane Library from 10.30am until 12.30am and in Derry’s Central Library and the Tower Museum from 2.00pm until 4.00pm each week.

If you are male, aged over 55 years and would like to take part in the Arts workshops, you can book your place by contacting Jean Smyth at the Alley Theatre on 028 7138 4444 or 028 7135 2352 ext 4295 or contact via email on


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