Gillian Nicols says… Last year my fiancée and I came to the adult Choiroke as his Valentine treat and we were both impressed with the professionalism of the choirs taking part and the fun we had being able to join in Karaoke style, what an entertaining idea! This year I came to the first schools Choiroke as I wanted to bring my Granddaughter who is 5 yrs old and my Goddaughter who is 7 yrs old, both the children joined in the singing and this event encouraged my Granddaughter to see what she may be able to achieve by continuing going to her school choir and my Goddaughter is now considering joining a choir too, so job done thanks to your inspiration and creativity along with the fantastic choirs that took part.
Tracey Killick, performer and secretary from Dorking Loud and Proud says… “Dorking Loud & Proud Community Choir wishes to thank Louise, Kaytie & Team Bravo for inviting them to perform at Choiroke 2015. We all had a fabulous exhilarating experience which will live long in the memory. There’s nothing better than hearing a resounding round of applause at the end of your performance to make it all worthwhile!”
Tracey Carr, The Bentley Choir Choral Director says… The Bentley Choir would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who made us feel so welcome and our favourite moment was seeing the audience joining in with us and signing to our Choiroke number, “Somewhere over the rainbow”. Thank you Louise for organising it so well. It’s a great night and we’re still buzzing from it.
Angela Mackenzie, Choral Director for Show Choir says… My Show Choir had a great night singing at Choiroke – they are still buzzing from the experience at rehearsals this week! it was lovely to see and hear all the other choirs and sing on Dorking Halls stage! Thanks for inviting us!
Louise Shaw, Administrator from Voice From The Coal Shed commented: “Once again Voice From The Coal Shed choirs took part in this year’s Choiroke and once again we all had a blast!
At least 1 of our choirs have participated in Choiroke since it’s beginning. Divas Undaunted have become a regular feature; appearing every year! Our other choirs TORCH (choir that sing rock) and GospelChoir have also enjoyed the experience on numerous occasions. In addition to these our brand new a cappella choir, Proseccobellas, were thrilled to be asked to open Choiroke 2014!
There are not many opportunities for community choirs to perform in large venues and Choiroke does not disappoint, offering us both Dorking Halls and The Hawth in Crawley. The chance to sing with other choirs, across many genres, has meant that we have made new singing friends and future collaborations have already been planned.
Our singers always look forward each year to Choiroke and the feeling is that 2014 was the best yet! We’re missing it already….bring on Choiroke 2015!!”
Sussex Gruffs Male Voice Choir commented: We would like to let you know how much we enjoyed this our second Choiroke. Great atmosphere both on and off stage, and we made lots of friends and contacts. At the end of the performance we left the stage on a real high. Thank you so much for a really well run event.
Songbirds commented: “Lovely opportunity to meet other Choirs”, “Great interaction from the Audience”, “Amazing sound from all corners of the Theatre”
Gill Jackson, CEO, Dyscover commented: I just wanted to thank you for inviting us to partner you at Choiroke and for all your help and support. The members really enjoyed taking part and I know they will have gained great confidence from performing in front of such an audience. It was good publicity for Dyscover and, of course, we raised a really good sum in the raffle. I do hope we can be involved again next year as it was such good fun and a real success.
Participants of Dyscover made the following comments: “It was amazing ..wonderful! I brought some friends who are keen singers – they know their music- and they were so impressed! They knew David before his stroke but it was the first time they heard him sing . (wife of a member with sever aphasia who is far more fluent when he sings)
“Dyscover did wonderfully we were very proud of them . I’d certainly go again”, “ a warm, fun, inclusive atmosphere. Good to see people joining together from all different communities”, It was really inspiring!”, “Makes you want to join a choir!”, “The format was great – I loved the way the videos set the scene for each choir”, “ You could see the different characters of the choir – I loved it!”, I felt very anxious before hand – I didn’t think I could do it , afterwards I felt so good – it went past in a blur – I’d like to see the video so I can remember it properly!”
Singers from the Voice From The Coal Shed choirs made the following comments: “Being part of Choiroke and performing with your own choir as well as singing with so many other people is truly uplifting – a fantastic experience”. Paula, Divas Undaunted and Proseccobellas
“One of the best I have been to. So inclusive of all walks of life and the finale was just superb!” Ann, Divas Undaunted
“I really enjoyed the experience of Choiroke as it was so special performing alongside such a lot of varied and talented choirs. I was lucky to sing in 2 choirs directed and conducted by the wonderful talented and enthusiastic Kaytie Harding and I loved it!” Ali, Divas Undaunted and Proseccobellas
“Amazing experience!” Jan, Divas Undaunted and Proseccobellas
“I thought I could only sing in the car! Now I sing out loud in a choir, in public! Wow”. Claire, Divas Undaunted
“Choiroke was my first experience of singing in front of an audience and I really enjoyed it and mixing with the other choirs.” Jane, Divas Undaunted
“Loved every minute, come join us”. Hazel, Divas Undaunted and Proseccobellas
“My first ‘major’ performance. I was very nervous but the atmosphere was amazing and I loved it – would definitely do it again!” Anna, Divas Undaunted
“At 70 years old, Choiroke made me feel young again”. Pat, Divas Undaunted and Proseccobellas
Harmonessence commented the following: “I really wanted to give my choir a rewarding challenge to kick the New Year off with and Choiroke certainly delivered that! We at Harmonessence were more used to performing our own shows so it made a wonderful change to be a part of something much bigger and greater than just one choir. It was such an amazing feeling to be on stage with so many different choirs from all over the south of England and even though we had only met once before, it felt like one big happy family all (quite literally) singing from the same sheet! The team at Choiroke (Kaytie Harding, Louise Camby and Louise Shaw) worked tirelessly to provide a well organised and highly professional event and I highly recommend anyone thinking about participating in the next Choiroke, to do so; it’s an experience your group will never forget and neither will you. You might even get some recruits for your choir – I certainly did!” Danny Vice-Holt, Choral Director of Harmonessence.
Ges Ray, Audience member commented the following: “Choiroke with added extras! As well as being a hugely enjoyable evening (oh, to be able to bottle that enthusiasm…), listening to the Brighton & Hove based ‘Harmonessence’ choir it occurred to me that here was a serendipitous opportunity for my Brighton & Hove based daughter to join the group to get back to singing… One email later, job done!”
James from The Surrey Hills Young Voices says……I arrived at 4:30 pm at Dorking Halls and gathered in the foyer with the rest of the Surrey Hills Young Voice Choir. We all seemed really nervous and tense. We had to sign in just in case there was a fire alarm and then we sat in the front row waiting for our turn on the stage, but immediately we were taken on a tour of the theatre. We saw our dressing room for the first time which was really cool as it had a star on the door and inside it was one room divided into two for two dressing rooms. We then had a rehearsal on the stage with a small audience who clapped a lot!!!
We were all starving for our tea and eventually we had our sandwiches in our dressing room all huddled together. The audience then started to arrive because we could see lots of bodies and heard lots of talking outside. Meridian 107 radio appeared and sat down and then we went on stage with all the other choirs; we were in the front as we aren’t very tall. The curtains then opened and our hearts were racing and we felt so nervous. We sang Adiemus which sounded amazing. We then went off stage and back to our dressing room where we had about 15 minutes until we were on stage again. This was our moment to relax before going back on stage to sing our hearts out. To sing in front of all those people made me feel so important and proud as I have never done that sort of thing before.
On stage the lights were hot and our faces felt as though they would melt. We sung three songs which included Mamma Mia, Don’t Stop Believin’ and 42nd Street with choreography!!! It was so exciting when everyone clapped so hard after we had sung. I had the honour of being chosen to tell the audience all about our choir, which was probably the best part for me!!!
During the interval we were interviewed by Meridian 107 with a large microphone and we all had plenty to say!!! After that we then sat down in the audience to watch Part 2 and I had a chocolate ice cream, yum yum!!!! When the last choir was performing we walked up the stage steps and sang three songs with all the choirs and audience – a choiroke!!! The audience wanted more and so we gave an encore!!!!
After it had all finished at 11:00 pm we were all tired and when I got home I flopped onto my bed…