The Choir That Rocks

Thursday, 16 June 2011, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

In the first episode of this brand new three-part documentary series, Caroline Redman Lusher, Rock Choir founder, introduces the biggest contemporary Choir in Britain. With their wide repertoire of rock, pop and gospel music, Rock Choir is a choir for everyone – no auditions needed, just a lot of enthusiasm. 

In five months time Rock Choir is putting on its biggest performance ever. Caroline has booked Wembley and now has the immense challenge of filling the 10,500 seated arena! 

Choir devotees Michael Childs, a plumber by day and Rock Choir Leader by night; extremely talented teen star Rachel O’Brien; and Cliff Richard fan Brian Wilding, all reveal how Rock Choir has changed their lives.

However, despite existing members’ clear dedication, new recruits are still needed and the cameras follow two new Rock Choir leaders Nic Slack and Stef Conner as they take on the challenge of starting two new choirs in Yorkshire. Handing out leaflets in the streets doesn’t seem to bring in the punters, so Caroline pulls in her crack squad of singers from Farnham, Surrey where she has the biggest and original Rock Choir group, founded when she started Rock Choir six years ago. 

Choir members including Chris and Issie Martin and Farnham Town Crier Jonathan Jones learn the moves to Dancing In The Street and, with 57 other eager members, they take the long trip to York. They carry out a flash mob in a designer shopping outlet whereby they appear to be members of the public but gradually start singing and dancing in time with each other, shocking the shoppers! 

Will the flash mob get new members to join the Yorkshire Choirs and will Caroline be able to fill Wembley Arena? 

THE CHOIR THAT ROCKS is narrated by Hugh Bonneville. It was commissioned by John Kaye Cooper for ITV1 and is a 10 Star Entertainment production for ITV1. Series producer is Alannah Richardson and executive producers are Bea Ballard and Rachael Parker. 

Thursday, 23 June 2011, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

In the second episode of The Choir That Rocks, Rock Choir founder Caroline Redman Lusher goes on a 28 day tour of all her choirs. From Edinburgh to Bournemouth, Rock Choir members are singing from the same song sheet and moving in perfect harmony. Caroline is desperate for her 8,500 rock choir members to take part in the biggest concert Rock Choir has ever put on – she’s booked Wembley arena and needs to fill it! 

Tom George, leader of Teen Rock Choir has been given the job of getting his choir up to scratch for a major performance at Guildford. Aged from 11 to 22 years of age it’s a tough job getting the teens to emotionally connect with their songs which include Boys and Girls, Use Somebody and You Got The Love. 

At the teen concert Caroline will decide whether they are good enough to get the chance to perform on the main stage at Wembley in front of the Rock Choir members, friends and family. 

One of the teen choir members who particularly stands out is Rachel O’Brien. Convinced Rachel is a star of the future, Caroline decides to bring top record producer Nick Patrick to the performance where he will see Rachel perform and decide if she has a good enough voice to record her solo on the album. 

However, there is one thing that potentially stands in the way of Rachel’s dream. She has Vasovagal syndrome, which means she can faint at any time, particularly if she is under too much pressure. Will she manage to remain calm and get her chance to go to the Abbey Road Studios to record her solo? And will the teen choir be good enough to appear on stage at Wembley?

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