Rock Choir has launched its new term in Burnham-On-Sea under the guidance of a new Leader.
After a long 18 months, Rock Choir Members from Bridgwater, Burnham-On-Sea, Clevedon, Taunton and Weston-Super-Mare have reunited for live singing rehearsals and are experiencing the benefits of social singing for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
The largest contemporary choir in the world, Rock Choir, has officially kicked off its Autumn term locally under the guidance of new Rock Choir Leader, Mike Aris.
Mike is delighted to be able to welcome the members, also known as ‘Rockies’, back into the rehearsal room once again.
During the height of lockdown, Burnham-On-Sea Rock Choir had to move all of its rehearsals online, teaching and rehearsing with members via Zoom and YouTube sessions.
The community spirit of Burnham-On-Sea Rock Choir really flourished during this time, and local Rockies maintained vital connections with their fellow singers by organising online charity events, quizzes and a host of social activities, providing a lifeline to those isolated by the pandemic.
As most restrictions have now been lifted, Rock Choir is able to gather for indoor rehearsals and harmonise together for the first time in 18 months.
The new Autumn term will give Rock Choir Members the chance to learn four new, specially-arranged songs including the uplifting ‘Make your own kind of music’ by Paloma Faith.
In addition to the live rehearsals, Burnham-On-Sea Rock Choir is giving those who prefer or need to remain isolated the opportunity to take part in the Autumn term with the launch of the National Online Rock Choir.
To ensure they don’t miss a single note, Members can learn all of the songs from the comfort of their own homes and can rejoin the live Choirs whenever they are ready to do so.
Mike Aris says: “It has been such a joyful experience to finally meet the Rockies and hear them sing together in harmony after such a difficult time apart. Our Members have been so committed to Rock Choir and their determination to keep singing and to keep those social connections alive during lockdown was inspiring.”
“Rock Choir is like a family and to see that family back together and to witness the healing power of singing and socialising in person is very special. We would love to welcome anyone who would like to join Rock Choir this term and invite people of all ages and abilities to come and be a part of this fantastic group of singers.”
Caroline Redman Lusher, Creator and Creative Director of Rock Choir, has been highlighting the importance of group singing and the powerful positive impact it has on mental health and well-being.
She says: “I am overjoyed that our ‘Rockies’ have been allowed to regroup and sing together inside once again. It’s been a long and emotional 18 months waiting for this moment to happen. I am so proud of all the Rock Choir Members and my dedicated Rock Choir team who passionately led our choirs with the love, energy and positivity that Rock Choir is famous for.”
“The nation’s mental health is at its worst and the services and support to combat loneliness, depression and anxiety are in huge demand and oversubscribed. Allowing choirs to reunite across the whole of the UK will now have a tremendous and positive impact and allow a healing process to begin for those who take part. Choirs of all types provide a life-line and this lifeline can now be reinstated.”
If you would like to come along and see what Rock Choir is all about, sign up for a free taster session at Burnham-On-Sea Rock Choir today at www.rockchoir.com