For the people who have seen them perform, Suiyuan Old Boys show that life doesn’t end once you go into retirement, and old age is not a hindrance to having fun. (Photo : Getty Images)
Old age is not an issue for the vocal group Suiyuan Old Boys, one of the rising groups in Hangzhou, known for their lively covers of hit songs, according to an article by China Daily.
Suiyuan Old Boys is composed of four senior citizens aged 80 to 93.
Despite being in their twilight years, the group has already performed several times in the Yuhang District in Hangzhou, which serves as the provincial capital of Zhejiang Province.
Their repertoire of songs usually includes favorites such as "You Raise Me Up," composed by Secret Garden, and "One Day When We Were Young" by Richard Tauber.
For the people who have seen them perform, Suiyuan Old Boys show that life doesn’t end once you go into retirement, and old age is not a hindrance to have fun.
The members of Suiyuan Old Boys are all well educated. Before his retirement, 80-year-old Wang Jing worked as the dean of a hospital in Hangzhou. The most senior member of the group, 93-year-old Wang Dezhong, graduated from the National Central University and served as a former official in Fujian Province’s department of petroleum.
Fu Weihua, who is 86, was once a dean at the Zhejiang Academy of Medical Sciences. And last but not the least, 81-year-old Wang Zhecheng majored in the Chinese language at Peking University and worked as an editor-in-chief of a Hangzhou magazine.
The four formed strong bonds a year ago when they all moved into the same household.
“I had held a party in my home and we did a chorus of the song You Raise Me Up, and then we had this idea of forming a vocal group,” Wang Dezhong told China Daily.
Although the group is flattered by the attention they’ve since received, fame is the last thing on the Suiyuan Old Boys’ minds.
“We were simply trying to entertain ourselves. We did not expect any fame or spotlight,” Wang Jing said.