Forest Row Youth Rock Choir

Mentored by

Christine Rose

Location address: Forest Row, RH18 5ES
Chosen age group:

Ages: 10 - 18 years

Available tickets:
Standard £9/hr
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Forest Row Youth Rock Choir is all about empowering children through learning, singing and sharing great rock music. It is a weekly Friday space where children age 10 - 18 yrs can meet, shake off any weekly angst, and rock out. It is strictly a parent-free zone! Every child is welcome to come for a Free Taster Session and there is no pressure to join in - he/she may simply want to sit and take in the vibe. Each session is a high energy, inclusive Rock bubble with uplifting music playing or being sung throughout. We start with a fun physical warm up to get the blood flowing, release stress and enter the Rock zone. We'll then focus on warming up our vocal muscles via group games. These games are designed to break through inhibitions or shyness around singing - I emphasise at this stage its not important what you sound like, but how you feel! The young Rockers then learn the melody of a rock song in a gentle way through repetition; often this part involves a discussion of what the core message of the song is, ie ''why are we singing this?" Then there's a short break to recharge batteries with a drink and snack. After that we may 'put the song on its feet' ie 'perform' it as if we were on stage to our faithful audience of cuddly toys; or we may move on to work on another song. There is NEVER a pressure to perform in the traditional sense' or sing a solo; however I like to work towards a sharing of our work with parents/friends etc every few weeks. At the end the Rockers affirm what's been great about the session and what they've learnt. All children are welcome, no matter what their prior experience of music and singing. There is no musical 'skill' required - simply a commitment to have fun and be part of a gang. Our current repertoire includes School of Rock anthem, AC/DC's classic "It's A Long Way To The Top" ; Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" ; Elton John's upbeat duet "Don't Go Breakin' My Heart" and Erasure's awesome hit "A Little Respect" ; due to popular demand we are soon to bring The Proclaimer's "I Would Walk 500 Miles" and Starship's "Nothing's Gonna Stop Up Now" to life.
About your mentor
Christine Rose
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In establishing a Rock Choir, I share some of the power, solace and joy that music and the sharing of music gave me as a troubled child. Rock really can change the world! I can't remember when I started playing the piano - I must have been six years old. I can still hear the sound of my teacher Mrs Hilyard's scratchy pencil as she wrote numbers all over the music - the numbers being which finger I should use correctly on each note! My father would wait for me in the car outside, listening to the radio. It was mind-numbingly dull. When I was eleven I was asked to sing a solo in front of the school (about 400 kids) of Bob Dylan's Blowin' In The Wind . I was so terrified I very nearly wet myself. My soul cried; "this isn't music - this is scary"! But I had a secret - I loved to ROCK! When I was ten I won a dance competition for my routine to Billy Joel's Still Rock an' Roll To Me (top tune!), a medal I still treasure. Beneath the Beethoven, Debussy, and Poulenc that I had to play for exams, I danced and sang to Prince, Janet Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Simple Minds, Peter Gabriel, Madonna. INXS, etc etc. The first ever vinyl record I bought from Woolworths in Dunstable, was Julian Lennon's funky 'Too Late For Goodbyes - My childhood was very difficult; I was a lonely, anxious and at times angry child, but there was always one place I felt safe - and that place was music. I'd drag my French Horn case to school orchestra and somehow all my worries would disappear for an hour: I didn't have to talk or make awkward conversation; my and my peers would leave our bodies behind and dissolve into the music a while.. The world was somehow fresher and more infinitely possible after those rehearsals. My 'grown-up' experience/qualifications: Pianist/Accompanist - various - school choirs; theatre performances including many children's shows with Perform Media Ltd - London based drama company for 3 - 8 yr olds Piano Teacher - children up to Grade 5 Drama/singing teacher - Perform Media Ltd as well as 1:1 work Professional Actor (graduate of Oxford School of Drama) - various roles - London fringe inc Gate Theatre; Hampstead Theatre; Hope & Anchor - Musical Director/MC - various childrens' performances with Perform, school talent shows & Fundraising events Quizmaster - various London pubs with Question One - London quiz company Youth Club Manager - improving Charity Youth Club Secondary English Teacher SEN experience - have taught children with almost every kind of 'difficulty' or challenging life circumstance Life Experience Have learned a great deal about life and people from recent Care work (home for dementia patients) & silver service waitressing on the Blue Bell Railway! Greatest Passion aside from music: Woodland Walks
Learning aims
Aim 1
to be able to sing two rock songs from memory in a group with joy and confidence
Aim 2
to have a deeper personal connection to music
Aim 3
to sing with more confidence and freedom either alone or in a group
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Where we'll be
Freshfield Hall, Forest Row Village Hall , Lewes Road, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5ES
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