Formed in April 2010, the Skipton choir currently has around 90 members
After 10 extremely busy and successful years Rock Up will be ending with a Finale Concert in June 2019, so unfortunately we are no longer accepting new members!
Name: Judith Ayton
Age: 70 or 7.0 according to my grandson and I’m sticking with that!
Which choir are you in? Skipton
When did you join? February 2011
What prompted you to join? A friend already in the choir asked if I like singing and raved about Rock Up and Sing! I went along the next week and the rest is history
Did you have any choir experience? I sang in the school choir a very long time ago and occasionally in church, but that’s all
What do you remember about your first rehearsal? I didn’t know what to expect and was quite nervous the first week. However, there was no need as I was made so welcome and was soon put at ease. I enjoyed it so much and couldn’t stop talking about it to my friends
And what about your first concert/event? My first event was only 6 weeks after I joined and was a small concert for family and friends. I wasn’t going to take part but my friend encouraged me, and I’m so glad she did. It was an amazing experience having never been on stage before – I was on a high for at least a week!
What’s your favourite thing about being in Rock Up? Oh so many things; it’s great fun, I look forward to it each week, I love the diversity of the programme, and the brilliant and friendly choir members. But one of the best things is taking part in the concerts and other exciting opportunities such as recording at Abbey Road
What would you say to anyone thinking about joining this choir? Don’t hesitate. I wish I had done it earlier. It’s great for your health and wellbeing, fun, exciting, and you can be as involved as you want to be – there’s no pressure to take part in concerts if you don’t want to
Name: Tony Foster
Which choir are you in? I’m a tenor in Skipton choir
When did you join? I joined back in 2011
Did you have any choir experience? I had previously been in a barber shop choir which folded and so I was looking for a new choir
What do you remember about your first concert or event? My first concert was at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate, a fantastic event which I enjoyed hugely. Then in November 2011 I went to Abbey Road to record some songs (wow!), which was amazing – just writing that now makes me feel good! Other highlights have been our European trips to Prague and Budapest
What’s your favourite thing about being in Rock Up? I really enjoy the social side of Rock Up and have made a lot of good friends through choir, but for me the feeling I get from ‘ letting go ‘ when I have a good sing, especially in a concert, is the best feeling ever (I can’t think of enough superlatives!). I still can’t believe all the things I’ve done since I joined Rock Up; the list is long. If you had said to me 10 years ago that I would be recording songs at Abbey Road, or singing in packed concert halls around Europe, would I have believed you? I have to say a huge thank you to Rhiannon and the team for this, I know they put a lot of work into the choirs. Rock Up is a huge positive in my life, and it’s good for me
What would you say to anyone thinking of joining a choir? Just read that lot above, and go for it!
Name: Sandy Fishpool
Which choir are you in? Skipton
When did you join? June 2018
What prompted you to join? I was in a choir before in Cumbria and missed it. A friend then told me about this choir
Did you have any choir experience? Yes but in a smaller choir
What do you remember about your first rehearsal? It was fun but tricky as everyone knew the songs and I didn’t. I had to sight read as best I could
And what about your first concert/event? I haven’t done one yet with this choir
What’s your favourite thing about being in Rock Up? Learning and improving my skills, being part of a big group, meeting new people
What would you say to anyone thinking about joining this choir? Do it, it’s great!