On Sunday the 15th of May 2011, Rock Choir went to Wembley Arena! 7,500 members from every Rock Choir across the UK came together for the incredible feel-good event. This clip shows the recording of the live version of 'Something inside so Strong' on behalf of our charity 'Refuge'.
An emotional, life affirming, poignant highlight of the show and a very special moment in the Rock Choir experience.
We are delighted and very proud to announce that the children’s hospice, Tŷ Hafan, is to become Rock Choir’s official charity in Wales.
Tŷ Hafan offers comfort, care and support for life-limited children and young people throughout Wales, and is dedicated to improving the quality of life of their whole family. Since 1999, Tŷ Hafan’s outstanding team of doctors, nurses, social workers and play workers have helped over 400 families. They offer an excellent standard of care to the children, and help give their families much-needed time-out and support, both inside and outside of the hospice.
The Tŷ Hafan hospice is near Sully, in the Vale of Glamorgan, but children come from all over Wales to stay there, and the whole family is welcome to take short stays with them – not only parents but also grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters.
It costs over three million pounds each year to maintain the services Tŷ Hafan provides, yet the hospice is independent from the NHS and has no guaranteed statutory funding. It relies on the kindness and generosity of the public, corporate sponsors and volunteers to continue its work. And that’s where we come in.
Rock Choir’s exciting new affiliation with Tŷ Hafan means that in 2014, all of our wonderful choir leaders and members across Wales will be able to help support the work of this amazing charity, through performances and social events. Early in the New Year we’ll be having talks with the Tŷ Hafan team to create a programme of events. Meanwhile, Alison Stallard, who is Tŷ Hafan’s Business and Community Fundraiser sends you this special message:
“We are thrilled that such an established and renowned choir as Rock Choir has chosen to support Tŷ Hafan as your Welsh charity. We look forward to working with you over the course of next year through your amazing performances, which will help raise much-needed funds to help our work continue. Thank you so much for supporting us.”
If you’d like to find out more about Tŷ Hafan please visit their website www.tyhafan.org
Rock Choir is committed to raising money and awareness for hundreds of charities each year. So we were delighted to perform for the organisers of grant-making charity Walk the Walk in London on Saturday 11th May. It was a fantastic day for everybody involved and we raised so much money for a great cause, so thank you very much for your support!
The MoonWalk attracts tens of thousands of participants each year, who don specially decorated bras and walk through the night to raise money for vital breast cancer causes. We sang our hearts out to support them.
Following the success of our nationwide flashmobs for Sport Relief 2012, we're delighted that Comic Relief has asked Rock Choir to support this year's Red Nose Day campaign!
In the run up to Friday 15th March, we'll be carrying out lots of amazing and exciting events across the UK, helping to raise money and awareness for this fantastic charity – even including some secret celebrity stunts! So keep your eyes and ears peeled as Rock Choir supports Red Nose Day across the UK!
The 16,000 Rock Choir members from across the country have helped raise £13,000 for one of our chosen charities, Missing People, to support the search for thousands of missing people across the UK. The charity attempts to help the more than 250,000 people who run away or go missing every year and provides support to their loved ones.
In December last year, Rock Choir members held a series of events to raise vital funds. Among the popular events were “Frothy Cappuccino and a Piece of Cake” coffee and cake sales, based on one of the fun, warm-up vocal exercises Rock Choir leaders carry out at the beginning of every rehearsal.
Martin Houghton-Brown, chief executive of the charity, said: “One of the reasons why our partnership with Rock Choir works so well is the wonderful synergy between our two organisations.
“Rock Choir brings communities together by giving them the common language of music, creating harmony and building relationships. That is why they are such perfect partners, as the charity’s team works day and night to create harmony in families, bringing people together.”
Rock Choir founder and director, Caroline Redman Lusher, said: “At least 20,000 families urgently need support, which is why we want to do as much as we can to make a difference, and Rock Choir members have responded with their usual community spirit and generosity.”
To mark International Missing Children’s Day, on the 25th of May 2012, Rock Choir will be supporting Missing People's Big Tweet. The charity will be tweeting a different appeal for a missing child every 30 minutes, for 24 hours. Rock Choir needs your help to get these appeals in front of as many people as possible, so follow us on Twitter @TheRockChoir and you will be helping to put the details of these vulnerable missing children in front of a potential audience of millions of people, one of whom might just hold the information we need to reconnect them with their loved ones.
It is the liberating power of the choir that led to the relationship between Rock Choir and Refuge, the national domestic violence charity for women and children. Rock Choir has dedicated our track Something Inside So Strong directly to Refuge, and the group will continue to use our music to highlight the incredible work performed by the organisation each and every day.
Refuge offers a range of services which gives women and children access to professional support whatever their situation. These services include:
National Domestic Violence Helpline
A network of refuges across the country
Independent legal advocacy
Culturally specific services
Prevention and education
Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of Refuge says: “We were thrilled when Rock Choir contacted Refuge to discuss Refuge benefiting from Rock Choir’s track Something Inside So Strong. The fit between the song and both Rock Choir and Refuge’s aims to make a positive contribution to the lives of women makes the partnership a brilliant fit. The money raised will play a vital role in supporting the over 1,400 women and children Refuge works with each day to rebuild their lives free from violence.
“But working with Rock Choir is not just about the funds being raised from the single. It’s also about having the support of a fantastic 4,500 thousand strong group who, through the work we’re doing together, will help us to raise the profile of domestic violence and the services available. This is of huge importance to Refuge and its work.”
Refuge told Rock Choir, "Something Inside So Strong is your anthem – and ours too. The lyrics in the song speak volumes for the life-saving and life-changing services Refuge provides to over 1,600 women and children on any given day of the year – year in, year out. There is no better tribute.
"Whatever you are able to do for Refuge your support will be hugely appreciated. With your support we can keep our services open and support even more women and children in the future."
1. Go to www.johnlewisgiftlist.com
2. Click on Buy a Gift and enter the gift list number 522953
3. Browse through the gifts and purchase one or more gifts of your choice (gifts start from as little as £5)
The gift list closes on 6th of December so that we have time to sort and distribute the presents before Christmas.
On behalf of all the women and children we support - thank you.
On the 6th of December 2011, Guildford Monday Rock Choir performed at Terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport to raise money for Flying Start, British Airways' global charity partnership with Comic Relief, whose aim is to raise money to help children living incredibly tough lives in the UK and around the world.
Every child deserves hope and the chance of a bright future, which is what Flying Start is all about. Every spare bit of change raised through the programme will go to children’s projects in the cities where British Airways flies.
Passengers hurrying through the busy terminal stopped to listen as Rock Choir performed a selection of their best-loved hits, including Mr Blue Sky, Ain't No Mountain High Enough and All Over The World. The money raised will help to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of children living in the UK and in some of the poorest countries across the world.