Rock Choir is the UK’s original and the World's largest contemporary choir with 31,000 members taking part each week.

It offers local weekly rehearsals and performances all over the United Kingdom in more than 400 towns and communities.

In Hampshire there are many different locations where you can get involved, for example; Southampton, Basingstoke, Portsmouth and many more in your local area.

For anyone with a passion for singing (whether tone deaf or a budding popstar), Rock Choir is for everyone and aims to bring communities together with the power of song. 

Not only is Rock Choir the UK’s Number 1 contemporary choir, it also holds three Guinness World Records. These include; The Largest Musical Act to Release a Signed Album, The Biggest Hit Act in the UK and The Largest Song and Dance Routine Held at Multiple Venues.

The choir has also earned many awards and ‘Rock Choir Volume 1’ reached the top 20 in 2010. Whilst achieving all these great feats, Rock Choir raises money at many of their events for various different local and national charities.

At the annual Christmas performance in Gunwharf Quays, the Portsmouth, Fareham, Southampton, Hedge End, Chandler's Ford and Winchester Rock Choirs all came together to sing.

They raised £3,215 for the charity WetWheels Foundation which provides the opportunity for all disabled people to access the sea in a safe way on a fully accessible powerboat.

The performance included renditions of popular songs like; ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’, ‘Shallow’ and some Christmas classics which included; ‘Carol of the Bells’, ‘First Noel’ and ‘I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday’. Starting off at 110 singers in the beginning and growing to 380 in 2023, Rock Choir has grown enormously and continues to spread its happy spirit.

Don't forget to look out for some of the upcoming events for Rock Choir near you and help raise money for charity. There are many events over the Summer period to look out for, including the Portsmouth Docks performance on Saturday, June 15 and the Lakeside Flash Mob on June 21 to go along to. Alternatively, find a Rock Choir near you and get singing!

  • This article was written by Eva Bowerman, from Peter Symonds College, as part of Newsquest's Young Reporter Scheme.