NZ’s oldest chorus making hearts sing

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If you think ‘touring with the band’ is something that’s reserved for the young, then you may need to get tickets to see the latest offering from the NZ Young@Heart Chorus.

The show called Younger Now will be held at The Piano Centre for Music and the Arts in Christchurch on June 9.

The NZ Young@Heart Chorus, which started nearly six years ago, is made up of more than 30 singers who regularly perform smaller concerts to audiences at schools and prisons. With the aim to redefine the way people see ageing, the group chooses songs that embody the way they feel about getting older.

Musical Director and founding member of the NZ Young@Heart Chorus, Chris Bevan, said the group is made up of singers all from age 70 and over, but their songs come from every era.

“People think that because we are a chorus made up of all over 70s, we’re going to be singing songs from the 40s and 50s,” Mr Bevan said.

“While we love those songs, we still very much live in the modern world and also love the songs you hear on the radio. Plus the love of music is an awesome way to connect with younger generations.”

The concert is being put on with the support of the Arvida Group, which is one of the larger operators of retirement villages and aged care facilities in New Zealand. Arvida CEO, Bill McDonald, said it was exciting to be working with a group that has the same enthusiasm for changing the way people think about ageing as they do.

“Young@Heart and Arvida retirement villages have a message to tell and are focussed on keeping active, keeping fit, keeping engaged and showing the world that life truly doesn’t stop at retirement.”

Chris Bevan said the chorus boosts camaraderie, promotes wellness and gives its members a real sense of purpose. “They’re also proud to tout that research shows singing speeds up recovery in stroke victims and synchronises the singers’ heartbeats.”

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