The year 2011 marks the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China. On May 3, the Jinfeng Chorus based in Beijing's Chaoyang District celebrated the occasion with a concert.
The songs they sang were all "red songs," referring to those written in praise of the Party, the nation and the spirit of revolution.
Established on August 22, 2002, the chorus recruits retired Party members from Balizhuang Street and nearby residential communities from all walks of life, including workers, soldiers and teachers.
Eighty-year-old Ao Zhengping, a former staff in a factory workers' union, is the founder of the chorus. Ao said the initiative behind the chorus was to unite and encourage retired Party members with songs.
"We had created more than 120 songs. Among others, more than 40 songs are practiced frequently. Singing songs helps keep our minds young, and make our lives healthier and happier. That's why I set up the chorus," Ao said.
Eighty-five-year-old Jia Chengming, a former soldier, is the oldest member in the chorus.
"I think singing is really good for my health, especially after I was diagnosed with cancer last year. I stayed in the cancer hospital for 51 days, and returned here after finishing 30 sessions of radiation therapy. Now, I'm cancer-free, and I will continue singing," Jia said.
From less than ten people to today's over 50 members, Ao said all his efforts have been paid off as members, whose average age stands at 65, are rejuvenated through singing.