Norwich Rock Choir’s adventure at recording studios favoured by The Beatles, Queen and Pink Floyd

All set for their recording session at the famous Abbey Road - Rock Choir, pictured with their leade

All set for their recording session at the famous Abbey Road - Rock Choir, pictured with their leader Ian Sainsbury who will be conducting them with his eyebrows. Photo: Steve Adams

They are the most famous recording studios in the world.

All set for their recording session at the famous Abbey Road - Rock Choir, pictured with their leade

All set for their recording session at the famous Abbey Road - Rock Choir, pictured with their leader Ian Sainsbury who will be conducting them with his eyebrows. Photo: Steve Adams

It is where Pink Floyd made Dark Side of the Moon, Queen recorded Bohemian Rhapsody and the Beatles even named their 11th studio album after it.

All set for their recording session at the famous Abbey Road - Rock Choir, pictured with their leade

All set for their recording session at the famous Abbey Road - Rock Choir, pictured with their leader Ian Sainsbury who will be conducting them with his eyebrows. Photo: Steve Adams

So when a Norfolk choir saw an opportunity to sing at Abbey Road Studios in London, they grabbed it with both hands.

Norwich Rock Choir leader Ian Sainsbury explained that a musical friend started to suggest the idea to him, and he joked: 'He didn't get to the end of his sentence.

'I rugby tackled him to the ground and we will be first in the studio after him!'


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The group, which was founded two years ago, has members in Norwich, Beccles, Lowestoft and Wymondham.

It boasts more than 250 members, and 192 of them will make the trip to the capital in four coaches this Saturday.

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They will be recording a version of Cyndi Lauper hit True Colours, and Mr Sainsbury said the excitement is palpable.

The 45-year-old professional musician, who lives in Beccles, said more than 100 people came to the first taster sessions and the group's ambitions continue to grow.

'It's about making music accessible to everbody,' he said. 'People love to sing and not necessarily everybody does that any more in church. We've got this heritage of music from the Rolling Stones to Jerry Lee Lewis and people sing in the shower and on their way to work.

'People who wouldn't ever dream of singing in any other type of choir sing with us.'

Choir members range from restaurant owners to hairdressers, NHS staff to solicitors and the age range spans from teenagers through to people in their 80s.

And their repertoire favours the modern - with the group having covered I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Lowestoft rockers The Darkness and Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars.

'They sound so great sung in harmony with a choir,' said Mr Sainsbury. 'When you've nailed a chorus, you huddle round the piano and just sing it together.'

They have raised thousands of pounds for charity through their singing, but their trip to Abey Road is purely for the 'once in a lifetime' experience.

Recording will take place in studio one, with Mr Sainsbury playing the 9ft Steinway piano used by Queen when they recorded Bohemian Rhapsody.

He explained they chose True Colours as their song as 'it's one of those that sends shivers up and down the spine', and was still fresh in people's minds after they learnt it last year.

And members of the choir praised Mr Sainsbury for his efforts and said they cannot wait for Saturday.

Sylvia Bacon, 84, of Middleton's Lane, Norwich, said: 'Our leader is superb and that's why we all enjoy it.

'I've made some nice friends and it's fun.'

Joy Waters, 58, of Horsham St Faith, said: 'Together we're more than the sum of our parts. We're really excited.

'We just have such a lot of fun together.'

Audrey Black, 36, of Thorpe Marriott, said: 'I just love to sing.

'Ian has been fantastic and the camaraderie - it's like a little family.'

To enquire about joining the Norwich Rock Choir, visit www.rockchoir.com or call 01252 714276.

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