Rock Up and Sing boost charity at Royal Hall

Rock Up and Sing Youth Choir. (Picture by Heidi Sharpe)
Rock Up and Sing Youth Choir. (Picture by Heidi Sharpe)

Rock Up And Sing! presented by the British Thyroid Foundation, Royal Hall, Harrogate.

It promised to be a Rock Up party for British Thyroid Foundation’s 21st Birthday and that’s just what it was.

With three choirs from the popular Harrogate Rock Up and Sing family performing – from Skipton, Just for Girls and the Tour de France stars – Rock Up and Sing Youth Choir - with a full and varied repertoire, this concert brought sunshine to a very snowy Spring Harrogate evening.

With packed audiences the norm for this busy and vibrant family of choirs, led by musical director, Rhiannon Gayle, last Sunday was clearly no exception and there were even two Mayors (Harrogate and Knaresborough) present to join in with the audience’s enthusiastic singing and dancing to songs from Mamma Mia and Rocky Horror’s Time Warp.

British Thyroid Foundation Director, Janis Hickey, who also sings with Just for Girls, was delighted with the enthusiastic and large turnout in support of the Harrogate-based charity she founded 21 years ago in her back bedroom.

She said: “We wanted to celebrate the BTF’s ‘coming of age’ year in true style and Rock Up and Sing! really know how to put on a show!

“We are also very grateful to so many local people and businesses who generously gave donations to the amazing raffle. Hopefully we will have raised more than £2000 for the BTF which will make a huge contribution to the work we do”.

This eagerly anticipated concert marked Rock Up and Sing! Skipton’s first performance at Harrogate’s Royal Hall, fondly known as the spiritual home of the choir, and they certainly rose to the occasion with style and panache, clearly enjoying their finely-tuned performance of songs such as Proud and J’ai Ho (Slumdog Millionaire).

Rock Up and Sing! Just for Girls took command of the stage after the interval and gave their own unique and at times very moving performance of songs such as Breakaway and You Don’t Own Me.

One of the many highlights of the evening was the performance of the Youth Choir who sang Life in a Northern Town and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough - showcasing the talent, energy and skill that so justly earned them a standing ovation at Le Tour de France celebration evening at Leeds Town Hall earlier in the year.

Rhiannon Gayle said: “I am so proud of these young people who have worked so hard and bring such an irresistible and exciting energy to the stage. All the choirs who sang tonight gave stunning performances.”

So what’s next for this ground-breaking family of choirs? Let’s start with a trip to New York next week to sing at Composer Christopher Tin’s Production of Calling all Dawns at the Lincoln Centre.

For more information about Rock Up and Sing! visit or Twitter @rockupandsing.

For more information about British Thyroid Foundation visit, phone 01423 709707 or Twitter @britishthyroid