Published On: Fri, Sep 7th, 2012



It’s played host to many of the world’s top music acts, including Elton John, Lady Gaga and Rihanna. Now, thousands of amateur singers from across the country, including Chelmsford, Colchester, Great Dunmow, Sudbury and Witham, are getting the chance to live the dream, as Rock Choir gets set for an en masse performance at London’s O2 Arena.

Rehearsals start week beginning 17th September, and local Rock Choir Leader Daniel Ribbits is looking forward to helping members prepare for the exciting mass-concert, which takes place on 6th July 2013. 

“Rock Choir now has more than 16,000 members across the UK, so it was a challenge to find a venue big enough. In fact we’ve also booked the Echo Arena in Liverpool for a performance by choirs further north,” says Daniel.  “Members will be learning a repertoire of songs from artists such as Adele, Annie Lennox, the Bee Gees, Rihanna, Tina Turner and ABBA. Everyone gets to take part in the O2 concert, including any new members who join who join between now and July. We also have lots more exciting shows and events planned in the local community.”

The London concert follows hot on the heels of last year’s sell-out Wembley Arena event, which featured in the popular ITV1 documentary ‘The Choir That Rocks’. Over 10,000 members enjoyed a day of singing and celebration, as well as helping to support the charities Refuge and Missing People.

“We’ve already helped raised over £350,000 for charity this year and hopefully our new performances and events will raise even more,” says Daniel. “As well as helping to improve your singing voice and health, being in Rock Choir is a great way of having fun and making new friends – plus as you can see, we get to enjoy some pretty amazing experiences. If you love singing, Rock Choir is THE choir to be part of!”

Rock Choir was the first amateur contemporary choir in the UK and in the space of just a few years has grown into a unique nationwide family of choirs with more than 16,000 members in over 200 local communities. Unlike more traditional choirs or choral societies there are no auditions and no requirements to read music. Rock Choir’s pioneering concept is giving thousands of people from all walks of life the chance to sing and perform – which for many is a life-changing experience.

Rock Choir members have appeared regularly on national television, including Breakfast TV, The One Show and the Paul O’Grady show, released two top twenty albums, and broken three Guinness World Records! Rock Choir has been nicknamed ‘The People’s Choir’ by media, and Guy Fletcher, Chairman of the Performing Rights Society has described it as “responsible for a cultural music movement.”

Rock Choir is getting the nation singing. Anyone wishing to book a free taster session at their nearest Rock Choir location should visit or telephone 01252 714 276.

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- My name is Kelly Sanger and I'm the Editor of The Face Of Chelmsford. I am a married Mum of 4. My hobbies are, dog training, agility, shopping, bingo, Zumba, reading and baking. I have a gorgeous Yorkshire Terrier called Ozzy and 2 cats called Angel and Elsie.

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