15 August 2016
We Bop choir were founded by Rachel Myer in 2008 after singers from her workshops performed together at the National Street Choir Festival. The singers enjoyed the experience so much that they decided to join up permanently to form the community choir as it is today.
The choir is open to all women without auditions and Rachel teaches by ear so reading music isn’t essential. They’ve grown from 16 members to 60 and have women of all ages; their oldest member is in her eighties. They’re popular at local events and performed the national anthems of the teams playing at the Rugby World Cup in Brighton Community Stadium in front of 30,000 people and TV crews.
“It’s great to have a reason to open up your lungs every week – so good for the soul! And We Bop is a lovely way to meet new people from all over Brighton and Hove”
Jo Nightingale, choir member
“Every gig feels like a new adventure”
Jane Thorp, choir member
“From David Bowie to Prince, and from Etta James to Amy Winehouse, we use just our voices to recreate classic songs in uplifting, 4-part harmony. Each year we put on two concerts to raise money for charities suggested by choir members. Royal Voluntary Service came to our attention; one of our members saw a leaflet for Sing Your Heart Out and we all felt we would like to be part of it. One of our members volunteered for Meals on Wheels for 15 years.
“Not all members were aware of the work of Royal Voluntary Service, so it has raised awareness of the charity’s work. We have really enjoyed being part of Sing Your Heart Out! It has made us feel connected to a wider community of choirs from all over the country. We would urge other choirs to join in the campaign to help vulnerable older people live independently for longer.”
Rachel Myer, Musical Director We Bop Choir
The choir donated the proceeds of their summer concert to Royal Voluntary Service. Audiences enjoyed Rachel’s arrangements of Prince’s When Doves Cry and “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie as well as others. They raised over £700 which will go towards helping older people who are at risk of social isolation.
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