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The Choir That Rocks

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  • John Neal
    YORKSHIRE EVENING POST: The rise of reality television has, for better or worse, created a fertile breeding ground for new celebrities. From Driving School’s
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      YORKSHIRE EVENING POST:

      The rise of reality television has, for better or worse, created a fertile breeding ground for new celebrities.

      From Driving School’s Maureen Rees to Airport’s Jeremy Spake, the genre has catapulted a steady stream of memorable characters into the small screen spotlight.

      Now a three-part ITV documentary series promises to do the same for amateur singers from Yorkshire.

      The Choir That Rocks follows the fortunes of the singers as they prepare to take part in a concert at Wembley Arena.

      And the show’s producers are confident their subjects will be taken to the nation’s heart in the same way as Maureen, Jeremy and co.

      Leading lights include avid Cliff Richard fan Brian Wilding, from Wakefield, and Knaresborough’s Julie Bradbury Sharp, who has to endure good-natured teasing from her family over her love of performing.

      The people featured are all members of Rock Choir, a Surrey-based organisation that runs singing groups in scores of towns and cities nationwide.

      They meet individually once a week to belt out pop, gospel, Motown and chart songs in a no-pressure environment.

      By contrast, the Wembley concert on the TV show aims to bring Rock Choir’s 8,000-plus members together under one roof.

      Groups filmed include a Leeds-Selby-Wakefield choir led by professional musician Nic Slack and a Harrogate-Knaresborough-York set-up headed by performer, composer and teacher Stef Conner.

      The Choir That Rocks starts on ITV1 at 9pm on Thursday.

      People inspired by the show can try free Rock Choir taster sessions.

      Sessions will take place at All Hallows Church on Regent Terrace in Hyde Park, Leeds, at 3pm and 6pm this Sunday or 1pm and 3pm on June 26.

      They will also be at St Austins Community Centre on Wentworth Terrace in Wakefield at 10am this Saturday and June 25.

      Visit www.rockchoir.com or ring 01252 714276 for more details.
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