Choirs to take to the stage again for Parkinson’s sufferers

29 October 2015

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. The choir members have helped to raise money for the branch at previous concerts, and are looking forward to another sell-out performance. Singing rock and pop songs from across the decades, Rock Up and Sing’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 has also been supporting Parkinson’s sufferers in the area with a singing programme which helps to alleviate their symptoms.


Rhiannon said:

We have seen through the project with Parkinson’s sufferers that music and singing really can make a difference to people’s health.

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.

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


To find out more about Rock Up and Sing! visit Tickets are available from the Harrogate Theatre Box Office or, priced at £15, or £51 for a box for three including drinks.

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