Choiroke brings together a diverse range of choirs from across Surrey and Sussex for a one-night only, choral spectacular that encourages and features the enthusiastic participation of the audience. Together, the choirs and the audience put on their own synergetic extravaganza.
Choiroke gives local community choirs the opportunity to perform at venues they wouldn’t usually appear at due to the cost of booking the venue. Doing so gives individual choirs the opportunity to showcase themselves alongside other choirs, to sing in a massed super-choir of over 200 voices, to perform to a large audience and to enjoy the thrill of the audience’s participation.
For the audience, Choiroke provides an evening’s entertainment performed by some of the most talented choirs in the area. But more than that, Choiroke, as its name suggests, is specifically intended to encourage the audience’s enthusiastic participation – to sing along with the choirs. It has all the ingredients for a great evening out and inspired some audience members to join a choir themselves.
The first concert, Choiroke2010, took place at The Hawth in Crawley, West Sussex. After missing a year, Choiroke2012, debuted at Dorking Halls in Surrey before returning to The Hawth for Choiroke2013.
Choiroke2014 staged at Dorking Halls on Saturday, 1st March 2014. It was a resounding success, a great night for the choirs and audience alike, and the first time that a special needs choir had performed at a Choiroke concert. Dyscover, the event’s charity partner, provides help and support to those with Aphasia, a condition that causes speech difficulties following a stroke or brain injury. Despite the condition, sufferers can often sing and doing so is frequently a part of their recovery therapy. In a very moving and inspirational moment for everyone, the Dyscover Singer’s fabulous performance received a richly-deserved standing ovation.
Choiroke2015 took place on 21st March 2015 at Dorking Halls. It again raised the roof and brought choirs together from Surrey and Sussex. Some had performed in a previous Choiroke concert and some were taking part for the first time. For the first time BRAVO produced a dedicated ‘Schools’ Choiroke’ in the afternoon featuring six school choirs from Surrey and Sussex. This was a phenomenal success and enjoyed by all the children and teachers who were involved.
Choiroke2016 and the Schools’ Choiroke 2016 took place on Saturday 23rd April 2016 and as this is England’s patron saints’ day we themed the event accordingly with patriotic songs, flag waving and a red and white balloon drop. The Schools’ Choiroke took place in the afternoon followed by the adult community choirs in the main Choiroke in the evening. Our charity partner was the amazing Orpheus Centre in Godstone and their founder Sir Richard Stilgoe attended with a couple of his students and they sung a couple of songs. Please visit the relevant event pages on our website for more information and to see which school choirs or adult choirs performed.
Choiroke2017 and the Schools’ Choiroke 2017 is now booked for Saturday 10th June 2017 and will take place for the first time at The Harlequin Theatre in Redhill, Surrey. Our theme this year is ‘film music’ which will be lots of fun. For more information please do contact us here
Following the success of Choiroke in Surrey and Sussex BRAVO is looking to produce concerts in other counties. If you are a member of a choir and would like to know more about the Choiroke experience in your area, please contact us.
HRH Crown Prince of Burma commented: “Choiroke? What a brilliant idea! I never thought about it. The seven choirs, majority of them recently established, gave most entertaining performances, which enforced the age-old custom of peoples all over the world – the joy of singing. The concept of Choiroke is new and epitomizes British inventiveness. It has a tremendous potential and organisers BRAVO, as the pioneer, should bring joy to the whole world. I would like to thank the organisers for inviting me and my beautiful niece, Julietta, who is an opera singer, and was my consort for the evening. I hope that I will have the pleasure of being ‘an extra’ – again – of a Choiroke Concert in the not too distant future.”
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”.
Paula, Divas Undaunted and Proseccobellas commented: ‘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”.
To be involved in a future Choiroke Concert please contact us via this website here.