Welwyn Garden City choir to appear on new ITV1 documentary tonight

THE WGC branch of a national choir will be featured in new documentary The Choir That Rocks, starting tonight (Thursday) on ITV1.

The three-part series follows the lives of people up and down the country with one thing in common – they all sing in the Rock Choir, the UK’s largest musical ensemble.

And among the life stories being featured are those of Angie Dehadray and Ryan Pearson – who both attend the WGC branch, which currently has 115 members and rehearses at Monk’s Walk School, in Knightsfield.

Both joined the choir for very different reasons – Ryan, 29, joined after breaking up with his girlfriend, while Angie, 38, signed up having been diagnosed with breast cancer, for which she is still receiving treatment.

“I’d had all the chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery – and I just felt really low,” said Angie, a mum-of-two from Tewin.

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“I needed something that boosted my confidence and was detached from the rest of my life. I just pitched up at the Rock Choir and I’m still going.

“I know for an hour or so a week I’ll be taken away from all the bad stuff. I feel very lucky to have that.”

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Angie said she agreed to appear in the documentary so others going through a similar ordeal to her might realise there is life outside of illness.

“The sole reason why I did the documentary was to convey to those people that there is still room for enjoyment in life,” she said.

Ryan, from Hitchin, added: “For an hour-and-a-half you don’t think of anything. You don’t think of all the pain and anger.

“It’s difficult to find that somewhere else. People will buy material things to cheer themselves up, but it’s the more human things you do that help make you a happier person.”

The Rock Choir was founded in 2006 by Caroline Redman Lusher. There are no auditions, encouraging anyone to sign up and sing popular songs just for the fun of it.

There are more than 8,000 members in 90 different towns across the UK, and The Choir That Rocks focuses on a number of branches as they prepare for a gig at Wembley Arena.

The Choir That Rocks is on ITV1 tonight at 9pm.

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