A CHOIR, which has been described as a national phenomenon, is starting in Chester.
Rock Choir, offering pop, gospel and Motown singing for adults, starts in September at the Forum Studio Theatre and the United Reformed Church in Upton.
Choir leader Kathryn Jones is relocating to the area to start the choir, which she describes as ‘very relaxed’.
“You don’t need to be able to read music to join Rock Choir and there are no auditions. Some people, who never thought they could sing, are enjoying being part of Rock Choir all over the country.”
Kathryn, a singing teacher, trained at Mountview Theatre School in London and has appeared on the West End stage in Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers.
“People can sign up to a free taster session at first to give it a go and then if they like it they can join.
“We will work towards a big performance at the end of the first year.”
Learning by rote is not a new concept and many Chester choirs use the same method.
Composer Matt Baker, who led Chester’s Big Sing! in July and is musical director of women’s choir A Handbag of Harmonies said: “Rock Choir coming to Chester is testament to the explosion of singing in this country and is another good thing for the city. We have always had a lot of interest from people wanting to join the Handbags and it’s been frustrating that we have been unable to recruit new members for so long because of numbers. The more opportunities for providing people with the opportunity to sing, the better.”
Rick Smith, musical director of The Songsmiths, who also teaches his choir by rote, agrees. He said: “There are different choirs for different people and people enjoy singing. We like to work with songs and make them our own.”
Rock Choir was founded in 2005 in Surrey by Caroline Redman, who has recently been shortlisted in the 2010 Orange National Business Awards.
Following TV appearances on the BBC Breakfast and the Paul O’Grady Show, the choir was offered a four album deal by Universal’s Decca Records in 2009.
Recorded with 1,000 Rock Choir members and Caroline as a solo artist, the first album was released in July this year and reached number one in the Amazon best sellers chart and entered the mid-week UK pop album chart at number 5.
Rock Choir starts on Tuesday, September 7 from 8-9.30pm at the United Reformed Church Hall in Upton and at The Forum Studio Theatre on Friday, September 10 from 10-11.30am. To book a place, visit www.rockchoir.com or telephone 01252 714276.