Rock Choir in ‘Big Sing’ for charity

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Merseyside Rock Choir Leader Stef Conner with founder Caroline Redman Lusher ©RockChoir

Hundreds of local singers will take to the stage at the end of the month as they raise their voices for charity as part of Rock Choir’s ‘Big Sing’.

Rock Choir was started by musician and entrepreneur Caroline Redman Lusher in 2005. It is now the UK’s largest amateur contemporary choir with over 16,000 members nationwide in 220 local communities, including Allerton, Birkenhead, Crosby, and West Kirby.

The ‘Big Sing’ on 27th November will raise funds and awareness for the national charity, Missing People. The charity offers a lifeline to the 250,000 people who go missing every year, as well as offering support for their family and friends.

Jeanette Blamire, a member of the Rock Choir Team, told JMU Journalism: “Friendship, enjoyment and community spirit are a big part of Rock Choir and every year it helps raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity through performances and membership events.”

In March, members of Rock Choir flash mobbed shoppers at the Met Quarter Shopping Centre in aid of Sports Relief. The ‘Big Sing’ event will also act as a preview for a concert to be held at the Echo Arena in the summer.

Stephanie Conner, who runs the weekly rehearsals across Merseyside, told JMU Journalism: “Being in Rock Choir offers lots of benefits and opportunities. You get to improve your singing voice, make new friends and perform at some amazing events.”

She added: “Missing People is one of Rock Choir’s official charities. We’re hoping funds raised will help the charity continue its vital work in searching and safely reconnecting missing children and vulnerable adults, and supporting families through the heartache of searching for a loved one.”

As well as being featured in the popular three-part ITV1 documentary ‘The Choir That Rocks’, Rock Choir members have appeared regularly on national television, including Breakfast TV, The One Show and the Paul O’Grady Show. They have also released two top 20 albums, and broken three Guinness World Records.

A music night will also be held at Home Woodside Café in Birkenhead on the 30th November to raise money for Claire House Children’s Hospice. Anyone interested in joining Rock Choir can attend a free taster session at any of the Merseyside rehearsals. There are no auditions and no previous singing experience is required. For more information visit www.rockchoir.com.

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