Schools’ Choiroke 2015
Our first Schools’ Choiroke took place on Saturday, 21st March 2015 at Dorking Halls and was a resounding success.
In previous years at the adult Choiroke, we welcomed the Surrey Hills’ Young Voices in Choiroke2012 and Choiroke2013 and the first school choir to perform was Oriel High School from Crawley at Choiroke2013. We were very excited to produce our first Schools’ Choiroke in 2015 solely for young singers. It was such a success that plans for a Schools’ Choiroke in 2016 are now well underway. For more information please visit the Schools’ Choiroke2016 page.
Singing is an uplifting experience and a great way to meet new people, sing together and promote your choir. Choiroke provides the platform for this to happen, singing with other choirs is an amazing experience as James, from the Surrey Hills’ Young Voices, can testify (see below).
The 2015 School Choirs
Choiroke 2012 – 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…”