Over the years Rock Choir members have had some unique opportunities to perform at iconic venues and awe-inspiring mass national events. From flash mobbing simultaneously at 38 locations around the country to performing at London's O2 Arena, we've recorded a few of some of our more epic achievements below.
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On Friday 18th October 2013 over 4,500 Rock Choir members from all over the Midlands and the South descended on Wembley Stadium. They'd been invited to perform as part of the pre-show and half-time entertainment for the Saracens vs Toulouse Heineken Cup rugby match in front of a record-breaking crowd of more than 60,000 fans!
Rock Choir favourites Proud, You're the Voice and Living on a Prayer were performed with great solos from choir leaders Jan, Pippa, Abbie, Tom and Glen, and the sound of 4,500 voices filling the stadium from every side was absolutely breathtaking!
The only downside was the final score, with Toulouse scraping through to win the match... However as another fantastic en masse performance from Rock Choir the night was a resounding success!
On Saturday 6th July 2013, London's 02 Arena played host to its largest ever act, as more than 12,000 members of Rock Choir came together to sing en masse. Members from all over the south of the UK travelled to London to perform at this unique Big Sing.
Special guest stars included Teen Rock Choir with a moving performance and the Rock Choir Gods, a special choir created for the event comprising 500 of the Rock Choir men!
The concert ended with a surprise for Caroline herself, as choir leader Jamie Speed conducted the other leaders in his own beautiful arrangement of the song Starmaker from Fame. It was an unforgettable event and so many wonderful memories were created.
The Echo Arena in Liverpool hosted its largest ever act on Saturday 29th June 2013, as more than 5,000 members of Rock Choir came together from across the UK for a unique mega-concert. The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Gary Millar, attended the concert, which included a moving rendition of The Beatles’ classic ‘Hey Jude’, by Liverpool’s Rock Choir members.
The extraordinary, feel-good concert was extra special for Rock Choir Leader Phil Reynolds. Having just sung on stage, love-struck Phil then went down on one knee and proposed to his stunned girlfriend Joanne Gent. Jo, who was sitting in the audience, had no idea about Phil’s romantic plan. More than 6,500 people (including Phil) held their breath as they waited for her response. A huge cheer filled the arena when she said yes!
“I’ve never been so nervous in all my life and I’m so happy Joanne said yes,” said Phil. “I wanted to make this a marriage proposal neither of us would ever forget, and nothing could top asking Joanne to marry me in front of thousands of Rock Choir members, including the choir members I teach in Greater Manchester.”
On the 8th of December 2012, Rock Choir were privileged to be invited to perform with Caroline at the Winter Whites Gala at the Royal Albert Hall. The Duke of Cambridge attended the gala held for the charity Centrepoint, of which he is a patron, in London.
Tennis greats Novak Djokovic, Björn Borg, Boris Becker, Chris Evert and celebs including Jude Law and Sadie Frost also came out to the Royal Albert Hall for the gala held to benefit the homeless and hosted by Jonathan Ross.
The event started off with Goran Ivanisevic and Tim Henman, who featured in one of the most memorable Wimbledon semifinals in 2001, meeting to replay the match, with Henman turning the tables on Ivanisevic as the showy Croatian clowned around.
After a short interval, the audience returned to their seats in absolute darkness. Slowly Caroline’s distinctive voice rose out of the darkness as a spotlight shone on her and the first few lines of Something Inside So Strong were heard. The lights grew stronger to reveal three hundred Rock Choir members standing on either side of the famous organ.
A number of speeches were made on behalf of the charity, and other veteran tennis players, including Boris Becker, came onto the court to enjoy a knockabout with some of the children helped by the charity. World no.1 tennis player Novak Djokovic was presented with a special Centrepoint award by the Duke of Cambridge.
Rock Choir rounded off this central part of the evening with a slick performance of Walking on Broken Glass, again featuring Caroline on solo vocals.
Tennis legends Mats Wilander, Mansour Bahrami, Pat Cash and John McEnroe rounded off a wonderful evening playing a hilarious doubles match, full of banter and tricks. A great evening in aid of a very worthy cause.
At exactly 12.15pm on the 25th March 2012, at 38 locations around the UK, shoppers, tourists and passers-by were startled to find 'members of the public' spontaneously bursting into song. What they didn’t know was that these people were in fact Rock Choir members, who started to sing and dance to the shock and astonishment of onlookers standing right next to them. Should they join in? How did they know the moves? Was it a joke? At the end of the song, the Rock Choir members immediately carried on behaving normally as if nothing had happened! They simply walked away into nearby shops or back to reading their papers or drinking their coffee, not even looking around them to gauge a reaction.
Train stations, shopping malls and even The Ideal Home Show all experienced the phenomenon that is a Rock Choir Flash Mob. ITV1 and Sky presenter Lee Baldry tweeted 'I've just been flashmobbed!!!' as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube became awash with peoples' reactions. Check out our video footage from many of the locations to see how onlookers' facial expressions changed from shock to incredulity and finally big grins as the performances continued.
The Rock Choir Great British Flash Mob raised an amazing £10,923.69 for Sport Relief, a biennial charity event from Comic Relief, in association with BBC Sport, which brings together the worlds of sport and entertainment to raise money to help vulnerable people in both the UK and the world's poorest countries. At the heart of the campaign are the nationwide Sport Relief Miles, at the venues of which many of the Rock Choir Flash Mobs took place.
Here are the video highlights from the day 7,500 Rock Choir members went to Wembley Arena from all across the UK. The day was the most life affirming and joyful event ever and featured speeches from both Rock Choir Charities, Refuge and Missing People, a Guinness world record and 4 special 'Mystery' guests.
If you saw Rock Choir on The ITV1 Documentary 'the Choir that Rocks', this video is a good introduction to the rest of the Wembley day that didn't quite make their wonderful final episode!
Gary, Richie and Ryan from million album selling pop group 'the Soldiers' on stage to sing 'Don't let the Sun Go down on Me' with 7,500 Rock Choir members at Wembley Arena.
An astonishing experience for everyone who was there!
Check out this clip from 'The Choir that Rocks' featuring the Teen Rock Choir. Young members from the 95 strong choir talk about how they are feeling, before and after the performance of their lives on the world famous stage at Wembley Arena.