Rock up and Sing concert

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Members of Harrogate’s famous community choir will be showing their support for Parkinson’s sufferers in the town for the third time this November.

Rock Up and Sing! will be performing a concert at the Royal Hall on Sunday, November 22 to raise funds for the Harrogate branch of Parkinson’s UK.

Singing rock and pop songs from across the decades, the outfit’s Wednesday evening and Special Events choirs will be conducted by Assistant Musical Director Andrew Matthews, and accompanied by Katie Bell on piano and Cherry Bratkowski on percussion.

Musical Director Rhiannon Gayle said: “We have seen through the project with Parkinson’s sufferers that music and singing really can make a difference to people’s health.”

Tickets from the Harrogate Theatre Box Office or www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk, priced at £15, or £51 for a box for three including drinks.

Rhiannon added: “It improves aspects of their condition like speech, which is often one of the things people struggle with, as well as boosting their mood. It has been a real pleasure to run singing sessions for people with Parkinson’s and to see the way it has helped them.

“Our choir members are now going to do their bit by giving a fantastic, uplifting concert at the Royal Hall to share the love of music with even more people – and to raise vital funds for the Harrogate branch of Parkinson’s UK.”

Renee Dickinson, chair of the Harrogate branch of Parkinson’s UK, said: “This fundraising concert is really important to local people living with Parkinson’s. All of the money stays within the local community and is used to help them access the support they need.

“We are expecting a large number of VIPs to join us and help contribute to the fundraising. Proceeds from the tickets will be combined with a raffle on the night to boost the fundraising, and we are delighted to have the support of CNG, William H Brown, Stray FM and 10 Devonshire Place to ensure we can make the most of the money we raise on the night.

“Rock Up and Sing!’s concerts are always a joyful experience and we can’t wait for another successful night at the Royal Hall.”