Rock Choir Members from Lincoln delivered the performance of a lifetime at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August.
Led by Rock Choir Leader of 15 years Christina Dmytryk Clark, Lincoln members performed a sell-out show with a 45-minute feel good set consisting of popular pop, rock and chart songs. The public demand for Rock Choir at the festival has been so strong over the past few years that they have received three Sell Out Laurels from the Fringe Society.
“We were all so excited to make it to Edinburgh as we were planning to go in August 2020, but due to the pandemic it was cancelled, so we had waited for 3 years for this moment!” says Christina. “It was so worth the wait and the buzz in the city and in the room during our performance was electric! I am so proud of our amazing Rockies.”
Rock Choir are an award-winning contemporary choir in the UK with over 33,000 members in 400 local communities, with their uplifting ethos of fun, friendship and community spirit being a huge part of its attraction.
Sue Johnson, a Rock Choir member from Welton, said, “The most lifelong memory I have from the Fringe is walking out on stage to a full house then receiving a standing ovation after the performance, it’s a feeling I will never ever forget. I was so proud of being part of our Rock Choir ‘family’. From meeting other choir members at the railway station, to a fun impromptu sing on the train, to sharing student accommodation, my Fringe experience was fabulous.”
Members Maureen and Brian Westlake added, “The excitement really kicked in on the journey, with lots of Rockies in the same carriage a singsong was inevitable; we were singing as the train came into Waverley Station! When it was almost time to perform everyone was together, nervous but all supporting each other to do our best. It was such a thrill to sing in front of an enthusiastic audience at the Edinburgh Fringe, it was an amazing experience that we will never forget. When the singing was over, we went out with lots of happy Rockies and enjoyed the buzz of an Edinburgh Fringe evening.”
Lincoln member Michelle Denton, concluded, “It was so exciting to have been able to perform at the Fringe Festival, having never been before I was so looking forward to experiencing the atmosphere. I travelled with some amazing ladies, and it was great to share the joy of performing with all my fellow Rockies! The best moments were lining up outside the venue with all passers by taking our photograph and going into the venue to a sold-out audience! The shouts of ‘more’ at the end of our show was just the best sound! It was a truly magical experience.”
Rock Choir offers members once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as recording at London’s Abbey Road Studios, taking part in BBC Proms in the Park, performing together as one Rock Choir at The O2, as well having members on tour to support artists such as Russell Watson, contributing to high-profile albums and performing on national television.
In 2011, Rock Choir was the subject of the popular ITV1 documentary ‘The Choir That Rocks’. The 3-part series was broadcast at 9pm each evening and attracted an audience of 2.5 million viewers. The choir have since appeared in many TV and radio shows both nationally and internationally.
Lincoln sessions take place on Mondays at 7.30pm at Bishop Grosseteste University, or Wednesdays at 10.30am at Southside. Visit www.rockchoir.com to book your free taster session!