Category Archives: Superchoir

Getting Ready to Roll at the Devizes Rotary SuperChoir 2017 Concert

The Devizes Rotary SuperChoir 2017 concert will take place on Wednesday 12th July 2017 at Dauntsey’s School. Pupils from Soutbroom St James Academy, St Nicholas VC Primary School, The Trinity CE Primary School, Wansdyke School and Woodborough CofE School will sing together on the main stage between 18:30 and 20:30, and once again all participating schools will receive a Devizes Rotary SuperChoir banner and plaque, and each member of the choir will receive a special commemorative t-shirt to be worn during the performance.

Southbroom St James Academy Choir next to their Devizes Rotary SuperChoir Banner
From L-R: Amy Whitlock (Music Teacher) members of the Southbroom School Choir, Cliff Evans (President of Devizes Rotary).

 

Simon May, one of the foremost TV and entertainment composers in the UK and best known for his Eastenders theme tune, will once again be there helping out, as will Carole Berry our Artistic Director, who will conduct the choir as they sing over a dozen popular songs including Rolling in the Deep by Adele and Sing by Gary Barlow.

Cliff Evans, President of Devizes Rotary said: “I’d like to thank everyone involved in the organisation of the 2017 Event, particularly the teachers at the schools who have been working hard with their choirs since January. SuperChoir is a fantastic opportunity for pupils from across the Devizes area to share in the excitement of singing in one large choir. It’s also a great treat for the audience, so please come and join us on 12th July at 18:30 at Dauntsey’s School.

Tickets are £5.25 each and can be obtained from http://www.superchoir.com/2017-tickets or from Devizes Books.

Rotary SuperChoir Plaques presented to participating schools

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Following the huge success of the recent Rotary SuperChoir event, the Rotary Club of Devizes who organised the event have been presenting each of the 11 schools which took part with commemorate plaques.

Amy Becker-Wrench, Head of Chirton Primary said “A huge thank you to the Devizes Rotary Team for all your hard work in making Rotary SuperChoir such a wonderful event. It was an incredibly special thing for us all to be part of at Chirton, and something we shall remember for a long time to come!”

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Cliff presenting Amy with Chirton’s plaque

 

 

Devizes Rotary SuperChoir 2016

The second annual Devizes Rotary SuperChoir event took place on July 6th at Dauntsey’s School where over 250 excited children aged from 6 to 14 years sang in front of a captivated audience of over 500.

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Organisation

Just like last year, the Devizes Rotary Team organised the logistics for the event. For example they laid on transport for all the children, teachers and helpers from each school, and set up areas for them to leave their belongings while they all got together to do their rehearsals as one big SuperChoir.

Preparing Tea

The Rotary team, including some of their fantastic Friends of Devizes Rotary, did a great job in getting the venue ready, including laying out all the food and drink before the school kids descended on the cafeteria to enjoy a well earned meal.

The Sponsors

Many thanks are due to our wonderful sponsors for providing much of the food and drink, and other essential equipment such as extra toilets!

The Buzz

After the meal it wasn’t long before all the mums, dads, grannies & granddads plus various dignitaries began to arrive. A real buzz had developed around the packed hall by the time 6:30pm arrived, and the show began with a super rendition of Simon May’s song Always There.

Refreshments

Thanks again to the Rotary Club Team, the audience was able to enjoy refreshments during the interval, and many also had time to test their luck on the Rotary Tombola stall.

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Before we knew it the show drew to a close with a wonderful version of Smile by Charlie Chaplin, but the audience weren’t to be denied an encore and were delighted when the choir sang Gary Barlow’s Sing for the second time that evening.

Thanks

Thanks once again to everyone from the Rotary Club, including the Club’s Friends for playing a key role in making this all happen, and to Simon, Carole and the supporting musicians and technicians for helping to put on such a fantastic show. But most of all thanks to every single member of the SuperChoir  who put their hearts and souls into making this such a very special day.

 

SuperChoir Goes International!

DSC03230Ten years ago this year, I agreed with the Council of Elders from the village of Mwakoma in Southern Kenya that the newly formed Kileva Foundation charity would build a new school in their village. The first foundation stones were duly laid on a specially cleared piece of bush land in 2006.

Since then there have been many remarkable firsts at the resulting Kileva Eastfield School, but none have been more exciting than one recently where, as part of the school’s 10 year anniversary celebrations, it hosted the first Rotary SuperChoir event to be held in Africa, indeed anywhere outside the UK.

The following video captures that amazing event.

When Devizes Rotary organised the first SuperChoir event for schools in their area last year, little did they realise that due to its great success they would not only be organising the same event again this year, but would also have organised the first event to take place in Kenya!

SuperChoir has truly gone international!

A message about SuperChoir

 

David Lamb

SuperChoir – Super Success!

What a SuperSuccess SuperChoir 2015 was!  Below is an extract from a recent letter from Geoff which I think captures the magic of the day beautifully.

For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/schoolschoir/

Best wishes

Cliff


 

SuperChoir 2015

“We finished up with 11 schools and up to 400 children at the event. They all arrived by numerous coaches at 10:30 am on July 9th 2015 at Dauntsey’s school hall, and were addressed by Simon May, who then left Carole Berry to place them on the stage and start rehearsing together for the first time.

Amazingly the children were not fazed at all, and the rehearsals went on all day with intervals for lunch and tea before the audience of 400 mums, dads and grandparents arrived.”

Exemplary behaviour

“There was no sign of nerves from the children once the concert started.  Now all in their smart “Superchoir” tee shirts it was an amazing sight, and the children sung their little hearts out, putting in all the actions and movements that had been rehearsed with consummate ease.  Considering their ages it was a extremely professional performance.

Their behaviour throughout the very long day was exemplary, and a credit to all their teachers and their helpers.  I have been to a number of concerts during my life but never been in an audience that rose to their feet immediately the choir finished the last number, clapping and cheering for more until they got the encore they cheered for. Even our President Alan Truscott got a “thank you Rotarians” applause and a cheer when he made his final speech.”

Support

“This was a very different undertaking by Devizes Rotary Club but very much within their remit of helping the community. We couldn’t have done it without the support of many of the Devizes Business Community, who were extremely generous with their support which helped towards the cost of expenses such as the coaches, the T shirts and afternoon tea. Our thanks must also go to Carole and Simon for all the hard work that they put in this year to make “Superchoir” the wonderful success it was.  Also thanks to the teachers for their patience with their children and bringing them to the standard they achieved, and all the Rotarians and their wives and families for all the work behind the scenes to make this such an incredible success, and enjoyed by all concerned.”

The future?

“We already have a further 6 schools clambering to join the “Superchoir” next year. Will it be The Albert Hall and Gareth Malone sitting in the front row with a ‘green eye’ ?”

Geoff