The Young@Heart Chorus will have it’s 30th anniversary next year and want to celebrate it by producing their 2nd album. With the choice of how they try to fund this new project they demonstrate once again their real “youngness”: they are using the online funding platform “Kickstarter” and have raised more than 9.000 $ so far. Everyone who backs the project will receive – depending on the size of the backing – a smaller or bigger thank-you (ranging from 1 mp3 from the new album, to a digital version of the album to signed DVD’s or CDs).
Who are they? They say about themselves that they are a rock group ranging in age from 73 to 89 years old. You may have seen their film “Young@Heart” (Fox Searchlight), you may have seen them live in Tokyo or New Zealand, on TV in Germany or heard them on the radio in New York. What started in a Western Massachusetts elderly housing project to joyfully pass the time instead of passing before your time has developed into the stereotype-defying, generation-crossing, globe-trotting musical extravaganza better known as The Young@Heart Chorus.
The 2006 Walker George documentary “Young @ Heart”, originally broadcast on Channel 4 television in the UK, won two Rose d’Or awards, the LA Film Festival Audience Award, screened at Sundance in 2008 and in April 2008 Fox Searchlight released it in North American cinemas.