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Bishop's Stortford singers are keeping the dream alive for Christmas number one

A troupe of Bishop’s Stortford singers have high hopes that they will hit Christmas No 1 with their charity single.

The act topping the biggest chart of the year will be announced later today (Dec 25), and The Rock Choir – a supergroup made up of 4,550 singers from all over the UK – is in the running to scoop the honour with their offering Keeping the Dream Alive.

Seventeen members of Stortford’s Rock Choir joined forces with the other UK-based choristers to record the uplifting track.

Bishop's Stortford Rock Choir members (43619146)
Bishop's Stortford Rock Choir members (43619146)

Frankie Sathan, a member of the Rock Choir, said: “We had to record our individual part at home and then send them in to our regional office who did their magic. We managed to get to number one in both the iTunes and Amazon charts on Friday. Dream come true!”

The Stortford group, led by Josh Gernon, usually meets on a Wednesday night at St Michael’s C of E (VA) Primary School in Apton Road, but the group has not been able to sing together in person since February, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Frankie said: “We’ve been attending virtual sessions on Zoom every week since the beginning of lockdown which have been like a ray of sunshine every week; a chance to sing our hearts out and see our friends.”

The Bishop's Stortford Rock Choir's Josh Gernon (43674216)
The Bishop's Stortford Rock Choir's Josh Gernon (43674216)

All profits from Keeping the Dream Alive will go to The Mental Health Foundation, a UK charity which works to promote good mental health and to improve the lives of people affected by mental health problems or learning disabilities.

Supporters can download the single online. In addition to this, fans can also make a direct donation by texting SING5 to 70500 to give £5 or SING10 to give £10.

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