Raunds ‘A Different Direction Choir’ Will be Performing at Carnegie Hall, New York

Chris Gammon (Musical Director of A Different Direction Choir) has been in touch to provide the exciting news that in the last few months they have been talent scouted and invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York.  The choir meet fortnightly to rehearse in Raunds Saxon Hall.

Ten members of the choir will be heading out for the Bright City Lights in March and performing in the fifth annual event presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY ) Total Vocal concert lead by Deke Sharon.

Deke is at the forefront of A Capella music and was the musical director of the Pitch Perfect films!

Dr. Jonathan Griffith, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for DCINY states: “A Different Direction Choir received this invitation because of the quality and high level of musicianship demonstrated by the singers as well as the exceptional quality of their audition recording.”

The Choir will be joining 250 other members from around the world to form a massed choir and they will be singing in the second half of the concert so not only will they be representing Raunds on this internationally famous stage, but also Northants and the country!

“The singers will spend approximately 9-10 hours in rehearsals over the 5 day residency,” says Griffith in preparation for their concert.

“Not all of the time is spent in rehearsals, since there is so much history and culture to see in New York City. However, the performance is the primary purpose for their visit to the city.”

Ten members of the choir will be going at a cost of around £1500 each to go (this includes performer fees, flights and accommodation) and they need your support to help get them there

Members of the community are encouraged to give financial support and sponsorship in sending these singers to New York by contacting Chris Gammon at [email protected]

The choir have already set up a ‘Go Fund Me’ page, so if you’d like to contribute directly just click here

Other fundraising events are also in progress, with the Choir singing at Rushden Lakes today (2nd December) to raise money and a ‘quiz and Fish and Chip’ night is being planned for 26th January (more details to follow)

This is a truly amazing opportunity for the choir and we can’t wait to represent our town on this international stage!

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