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 c...
About your Mentor
About your Mentor
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, ...
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