Sudbury choir goes for world record

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SINGERS from Sudbury will be attempting to break a Guinness world record in aid of charity this weekend.

On Saturday, at the stroke of noon, members of the Sudbury Rock Choir – along with thousands of Rock Choir members across the UK – will attempt to break the world record for the largest song and dance routine across multiple venues. The record currently stands at 7,596 people.

The Sudbury choir will form a group of 140 singers from Suffolk and Essex. Their event will take place at the Maltings Academy, in Witham, Essex, and they will be raising money for the charity Refuge.

Friends and family will be joining in too, and everyone has been learning a specially-arranged and choreographed version of the Bryan Adams and Mel C duet Baby When You’re Gone.

The contemporary choir has over 16,000 members, rehearsing in more than 200 locations nationwide.

In Sudbury, the choir meets twice a week – on Monday evenings, from 8pm to 9.30am, at The Curve arts centre in Sudbury Upper School, Tudor Road, and on Wednesday mornings from 10.30am to noon at The Quay Theatre, Quay Lane.

It was formed in January and anyone is welcome to join and can book a taster session via the group’s website at www.rockchoir.com. Choir leader is Daniel Ribbits .

Nationally, the Rock Choir – dubbed the people’s choir – has raised more than £300,000 for charity this year.