West Norfolk Rock Choir singers join thousands across the country to create a social distancing Christmas single to support the Mental Health Foundation.
The single, Keeping The Dream Alive, will be released on December 11 and will feature singers from Swaffham, King’s Lynn, Hunstanton, Fakenham and Downham Market.
West Norfolk Rock choir conductor Mike Tandy said: “Like all choirs we rehearse online now, it took a bit of getting used to but we seem to be getting to the heart of the matter now. . The members seem to be really enjoying themselves, especially with the new single. Across West Norfolk about 150 members participated, they are very keen to get involved.
“It definitely brightens everyone’s day and helps pass the time. A lot of our members are still working and we have a few working for the NHS who are too busy to join us right now, but we also have a lot of retired members and that has helped us all. So many people have had to stop the things they love, but Zoom has helped us maintain some of that pre-COVID normalcy. “
Thousands of singers from across England, Wales and Scotland have come together virtually to record their vocals for the upcoming Christmas single as part of the world’s largest contemporary choir.
Mark Rowland, CEO of the Mental Health Foundation, said: “We are delighted that Rock Choir is releasing their own version of ‘Keeping the Dream Alive’ and supporting good mental health for all. We are very excited to hear the single and hope that, as it comes out on Christmas, it has a chance to become that elusive number one!
“Music is great for our mental health; both listen to it and play or sing, which is why Rock Choir suits us so well. We like to know that people from all over the country are participating. “
Bringing together all of the Rock Choir into one choir and raising awareness about mental health, the Christmas single will send a message of hope to homes across the country as 2020 draws to a close.
Rock Choir Founder Caroline Redman Lusher said, “The song’s lyrics are extremely relevant to the arts and entertainment right now;” The game will never be over as we keep the dream alive of “hardest hit industries this year and everyone is desperately looking for a positive and successful path to allow music and singing to reclaim their place in society. Singing brings a sense of community and togetherness with the power to uplift and heal individuals, and should not be taken for granted.
“The Christmas single will unite us all and strengthen why Rock Choir is so special to the UK. The mental health and well-being of our members is at the heart of everything we do at Rock Choir, so the whole The project is perfect We are also bringing the Rock Choir shine to Christmas this year and I am very proud of all involved and delighted to join forces once again with the Mental Health Foundation.
When the pandemic hit the UK, Rock Choir provided a lifeline for many people isolated due to COVID-19 restrictions. Adapting quickly, the choir turned its members into a virtual online experience and helped communities stay connected throughout each lockdown.
As the mental health of millions of people across the UK is affected by the pandemic, Rock Choir has opened up its heartwarming and uplifting singing sessions to all who wish to join, offering a free daily singing session live via their Facebook page. Over 106 days, these live sessions reached over five million views.
The Rock Choir team also hosted a 24 hour online music and wellness event in May as part of Mental Health Awareness Week and raised over £ 45,000 for the Foundation for the Mental Health.
“Keeping the Dream Alive” will be released on December 11 and will be available on all major streaming platforms.