A new singing sensation is sweeping across the county as Rock Choir takes a step away from the traditional choirs and heads to Norfolk to start groups in Lynn and Downham.
Do you sing in the shower or croon along to the car radio, yet have never had the confidence or opportunity to take it any further? Now you can!
As sessions roll out across the area, local Rock Choir leader Mike Tandy is inviting anyone interested in joining to try a free 90-minute taster session at their nearest venue.
He said: “Rock Choir is very different to the more traditional choirs and choral societies. We sing our own, special arrangements of feel good chart and pop songs.
“You don’t have to read music and there are no auditions. We get invited to perform at some really exciting events and raise lots of money for charity. In 2012 alone we helped raise over £1 million.”
Rock Choir is the UK’s largest and most popular contemporary choir, with more than 16,000 members in over 250 communities. It was first set up in 2005 by award-winning singer and musician, Caroline Redman Lusher, who set out to create a modern choir for adults and teenagers who love to sing.
The Norfolk sessions will be run by Mr Tandy, who is no stranger to performing in public after spending years working as a musical director on cruise ships, and has performed around the world with artists such as Jamie Cullum.
Before joining Rock Choir, he was the musical director for the King’s Lynn Operatic Society.
He is now looking forward to bringing Rock Choir to the two towns along with its uplifting ethos of fun, friendship and community spirit. The organisation has already released two top twenty albums, broken three Guinness World Records and performed at hundreds of local and national events, with sell-out shows at The O2, Wembley Arena and the Royal Albert Hall.
Mr Tandy said: “It’s amazing that most people who come along to try out Rock Choir don’t necessarily think they are very good singers at all.
“We firmly believe anyone can sing, and the beautiful rich sound the choir makes after just a few rehearsals is incredible.
“As well as giving people the chance to reawaken their love of singing, being in Rock Choir is a great way to meet new people and enjoy some me-time each week. We’ve got lots of exciting performances in the pipeline too!”
Rock Choir is now running every Monday at Gaywood Church Rooms, on Gayton Road in Lynn, from 8pm to 9.30pm, with another daytime session on Thursdays from 11.45am to 1.15pm at the same venue.
The Downham sessions will be held at the Town Hall, in Bridge Street, on Tuesdays from 10.30am to 12pm.
Rock Choir will also be opening in Wisbech, Peterborough and Spalding this month.
To book a place at the free taster session or find out more about Rock Choir, visit www.rockchoir.com or call 01252 714276.