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SuperChoir 2017 – What a concert!

The Devizes Rotary SuperChoir Concert went ahead as planned earlier this month. The Rotary Team, together with Artistic Director Carol Berry and Technical Director Chris Berry, spent the morning setting up the hall so that everything was ready for the choirs when they arrived in the early afternoon.


The Rotary Team then set up the canteen so that the children could enjoy their tea after they’d had time to practise together on the stage.


After tea it was suddently time for the performance, and what a performance it was as the children sang their hearts out to the 8 songs featured in the first part of the show.

The last song before the break was Peace will Come by Tom Paxton, and some of the children got an opportunity to explain to an enraptured audience what they believe the meaning of ‘peace’ is:


Time for a bit of fun during the break:


From Councillor Nigel Carter, Mayor of Devizes

From Mrs Ellen Stile

The performance was wonderful, so proud of my little boy. All of the children were marvellous, such a wonderful event and a lovely way to spend an evening.

Well done to all involved.

To our supporters
The Devizes Rotary SuperChoir 2017 Concert could not have happened without the help of our many supporters. These of course are primarily the children, but also include their teachers and family, Carole and Chris Berry, the Devizes Rotary Team and the following organisations:

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 or from Devizes Books.

Rotary SuperChoir Plaques presented to participating schools


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!”


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.



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.


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.


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 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 Article in Gazette & Herald

The following has been taken from an article by Joanne Moore in the Gazette and Herald dated 22nd April:

EastEnders composer ready for second Devizes SuperChoir concert

Pictured at St Barnabas school in Market Lavington unveiling their banner this week are (back row L to R) Fiona Underwood from Urchfont C of E Primary School, Carole Berry SuperChoir Artistic Director and Lindsay Clough from St Barnabas C of E Primary.


COMPOSER Simon May, who is best known for his EastEnders theme tune, is helping to organise the second Devizes SuperChoir event this summer.

Schools are already getting their youngsters ready for the giant concert and are proclaiming their involvement by putting large banners on their gates.

Last year’s event organised by the Rotary Club of Devizes with the backing of Mr May and artistic director Carole Berry of First Stages Musical Theatre Group was a huge success with hundreds of children taking part.

This time ten schools have already signed up and around 300 youngsters will perform at Dauntsey’s School, West Lavington, near Devizes, on July 6.

Cliff Evans, president elect of the Rotary Club of Devizes said: “Devizes area schools are once again going to lift the roof at Dauntsey’s School in the second running of SuperChoir in the UK.

Last year almost four hundred pupils from eleven schools took part in the inaugural event, and a fantastic time was had by all.The club members – along with Simon May – feel that it is important to support subjects such as music when schools are under so much pressure, and teachers have responded enthusiastically to the opportunity for children to take part in a large-scale live music event.”

The latest school to sign-up for this year’s event is Woodborough C of E School at Woodborough near Pewsey but St Barnabas Primary in Market Lavington already has its banner and staged an unveiling last week.

Mr May, who returned to his home town of Devizes last summer to launch his autobiography, spoke at the time about the importance of the super choir concert and the need the get children involved with music from a young age.

He grew up in Station Road at a time when trains still stopped just down the road and then went on to St Peter’s Primary before moving on to Dauntsey’s.

He said: “I love coming back to Devizes. I still have a number of relatives here and I have a close association with the Devizes Eisteddfod and the SuperChoir.”

At the book launch in Albion Square a number of the children from the SuperChoir performed with him.

This year all participating schools will receive a SuperChoir banner and plaque, and each member of the choir will receive a special commemorative t-shirt to be worn during the performance.

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!