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Video: Strong start for Dereham rock choir Rockavox

17:56 06 October 2012

Members of the Rockavox rock choir from Dereham. Photograph Simon Parker

Members of the Rockavox rock choir from Dereham. Photograph Simon Parker


A choir with a difference which includes teenagers and their parents will be touring Dublin next year just a few months after its formation.


The 32-strong Rockavox choir from Dereham started in April this year and performs rock songs by the Beatles, Alice Cooper and modern American band Evanescence.

It was set up be Nia Howe, 31, a teacher from JDT Music Academy in Dereham, where the choir practises every Friday.

Members range from 14 to 65 and between April 8 and April 12 next year the group will tour around the centre of Dublin.

Miss Howe, from Dereham, said: “I’m incredibly proud. They really do sound awesome.”

She added the choir has embraced the challenge - despite some members not being able to read music.

Rockavox has recorded two songs, Weather With You by Crowded House and Poison by Alice Cooper, which will go on the JDT Academy website.

The choir will also be doing its first ever solo concert on October 20, from 7.30pm, at the JDT Academy on Charles Wood Road on the Rashes Green Industrial Estate.

“It is a fantastic opportunity,” Miss Howe said.

Tracie Murfet, 51, from Toftwood in Dereham, joined after being told about it by her neighbour.

She said: “It is lovely to do some singing and express yourself. It is fun. Singing gives everyone a feel good factor.”

Tickets for the concert on October 20 cost £6, which can be bought by ringing 01362 694817.

Anyone interested in joining Rockavox does not need to audition, just turn up to a Friday night rehearsal between 6pm and 8pm. It costs £3.50 for two hours.

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