One of the Harrogate district’s largest and most popular community choirs is thrilled to have been successful in its bid for charitable status.
Fresh from a recent, well-received surprise appearance at Harrogate’s Hospitality, Rock Up aims to step up its activities on all fronts - and raise even more money for good causes.
Founding member and musical director, Rhiannon Gayle, said: “We are delighted with the news that we are now a charity – it is clear recognition of our passionate wish to bring music to everyone and, in doing so, to improve people’s awareness, understanding and appreciation of the wonderful world of music.”
Launched in 2009, Rock Up and Sing! has long been associated with doing charitable work for others, raising money through concerts and events for the likes of Saint Michael’s Hospice, Martin House Hospice and Parkinsons UK, to name but a few.
The most recent charitable event – a concert at the Royal Hall, Harrogate for British Thyroid Foundation - raised over £2,500 and brought the Rock Up and Sing! total to a sum in excess of £20,000 so far.
Rock Up and Sing! is inclusive and open to all who wish to sing – there are no auditions or ability to read music required.
Whilst supporting charities and the community is a key feature of the charity status, it is also in no small measure due to increased recognition in the modern era that singing is beneficial to health and wellbeing.
Alongside the friendship and fun its members enjoy, members regularly report other therapeutic benefits associated with their own physical and emotional issues.
Rock Up and Sing! have also been boosted by a new partnership with local Harrogate firm CNG (Contract Natural Gas) who have sponsored them.
Jacqui Hall, MD of CNG, said: “We love to support organisations within the communities in which we work; especially those that nurture and develop talent like Rock Up and Sing!
“Our team is proud to support another great venture.”
For more information about Rock Up and Sing! (Reg charity 1152453) visit www.rockupandsing.com or telephone 01423 508500.