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Choir Singing and the Eden Alternative

In 2007 the BBC put together a group of pensioners as part of a series of programme called Power to the People. As part of the programme they formed a choir and made a cover version of The Who’s My Generation that stayed in the top 40 for two weeks.

 Eighteen months later they are actively touring the UK and abroad and have released a CD Lust for Life. The group currently has around 50 members with a combined age of 3,700. They are now one of the world’s most famous groups of old-age pensioners with the young@heart chorus from Northampton, Massachusetts coming a close second.

 The original aim of the group was to ‘stick it back to the society that has cast them aside’. The act challenges a host of misconceptions of older people and was described by the Times (20 December 2008) as heart-warming, loud, brash and assertive. With the exception of the first these are not adjectives usually associated with the aged. The widespread publicity they have received has stimulated numerous other pensioner choirs as people realise the benefits of singing as a route to companionship, challenge, and self confidence. Singing in choir addresses all three of the Eden Alternative plagues – Loneliness, Helplessness and Boredom.