Do you love to sing? Then you'll love Choirs GO POP. Come on your own or with your choir for an unforgettable choral experience.

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What is Choirs GO POP?

Choirs GO POP is an all-day festival founded by GO POP CIC. A social enterprise dedicated to attracting a younger and more diverse demographic to choirs all across the country. 

Our first festival in 2019, known as West Yorkshire Choirs Pop Festival, was such a success that we knew we had to make the next one bigger and better so that more choirs could participate,  perform and develop in a fun and supportive environment.

Making Choirs Cool

Thanks to grant funding from the local Wakefield authority and the Arts Council England, our 2022 festival will set the stage for Choirs GO POP to become one of the highlights on the Choral calendar.

We plan, in future years, to hold GO POP festivals up and down the country. Making choirs cool again with our contemporary twist and getting everyone on their feet singing together!
Choirs GO POP 2022
Join us on Sunday 12th June 11 am at the Theatre Royal Wakefield in West Yorkshire. 
Choirs from across England will participate in three pop-inspired workshops. Perform three prepared songs for our panel of industry experts, then sing in our evening choral extravaganza. We're going to raise the roof!  
I'm Not in a Choir, Can I Attend?
YES. If you love to sing, we'd love to have you there. If you're not a member of a choir, but would love to find out what it's all about, attend the morning choir workshops and stay all day to enjoy the afternoon and evening performances. Book your ticket.
Calling All Choirs
Brand new choirs, classical choirs, children's choirs, gospel, pop, show choirs - you are all welcome to come along for an unforgettable day of learning and singing together. You can choose to perform acapella, with a piano accompaniment or backing track.
Panel Performances
Sing with your choir for industry experts and receive helpful feedback so you can all grow in confidence and become even better performers. Your fellow GO POP choirs will be cheering you on as we inspire each other with how beautifully diverse and moving choral singing truly is.

Meet Your Panellists

Click on each image to read why we're so excited to have these industry experts at Choirs GO POP 2022 
Alison George GO POP Panellist
Alison George

Alison George is an accomplished Actor, Singer, Musician and Singing Teacher/Vocal Coach based here in Wakefield. She gained a BA Hons in Music at Nottingham University before going on to train at the prestigious Mountview Drama School.

Alison has vast experience in theatre, with performing credits ranging from London’s West End and National Tours, Shakespeare and Pantomimes to Actor/Musician shows where she played numerous instruments including piano, cello, flute, saxophone, guitar, bass guitar and recorders. Theatre credits include Swallows and Amazons (National Theatre, West End and UK Tour), Chess, Oedipus and Pride and Prejudice. She has also been a Musical Director on several stage productions, where she composed and arranged the music.

Alison currently works as a Singing Teacher, Vocal Coach and Musical Director for various stage schools, including CAPA College and Wakefield Theatre Royal, as well as teaching private 1:1 Singing Lessons from her home studio in Ossett. She has recently been featured as the lead character, Mara, for the cast album recording of the new musical ‘Dear Friend’.

She is an actor in the TV and Film industry. Her most recent credits are Jessica Fox in the new Musical Feature Film Tomorrow Morning’, ‘Coronation Street’, ‘Emmerdale’ and ’Hollyoaks’.

She is also one half of ‘Perfect Measure', a close harmony, female singing duo with Jenna Fan. Together they perform a mix of Musical Theatre, Pop and Jazz standards.

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Christine Quirk

Christine Quirk taught the Junior Music Course, Junior Extension Course and Piano Course for Children at the Yamaha Music School for approx. 14 years before deciding to teach individual Piano Lessons from home.

Christine also used to work as a Parental Involvement Worker at a Primary School in Bradford where she also taught piano/keyboard.

Christine also decided to have classical singing lessons, going on to be the overall winner at The Mrs Sunderland Competition, The Wharfedale Festival and The Harrogate Music Festival which led to various guest appearances with local MVC’s and Night of the Proms events with various Brass Bands.

She also sang for two consecutive years at the Saltaire Festival and also became a Wedding Singer and did solo performances at functions in Bradford and the surrounding areas.

Later on, she paired up with a keyboard player and their repertoire included anything from Musical Theatre, American Songbook and Opera at various events/weddings.

She was a member of the Halifax Choral Society and sang solo in the performance of the Armed Man at Birmingham Symphony Hall with the Black Dyke Band.

She has recently retired and is enjoying pottering around and doing lots of walking and hopes to be having lots of fantastic holidays in the very near future.

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Craig Lees

Craig Lees is a Contemporary Vocal Coach, Choral Director and Arranger.

He is a Senior Lecturer on the Popular Music degree at Leeds Conservatoire, where he founded the LCoM Contemporary Pop Choir in 2014. He is also the Musical Director behind ‘Leeds Contemporary Singers’, winners of BBC One’s Pitch Battle show.

Craig leads regular choirs for the West Yorkshire Playhouse, John Lewis Partnership and Workplace Choir Company. He also delivers weekly sessions for Mind The Gap Theatre Company (England’s Largest learning-disability theatre house). He has delivered projects for leading voice technology manufacturer TC-Helicon and worked with internationally acclaimed artists Marc Almond and Will Young (whilst on Pitch Battle).

Craig is a president-elect for the British Voice Association (BVA) and was awarded the ‘Sing For Pleasure Young Conductors Scholarship’ in 2015. He has presented internationally on the topic of choral pedagogy and has delivered choral workshops throughout the UK and abroad.

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Samuel Hendricks of HUM Gospel Choir will be a panellist at Choirs Go Pop Festival 2022
Samuel Hendricks

Samuel Hendricks, singer, musician and business owner, is not only a panellist at Choirs GO POP this year. But his Gospel Choir, H.U.M, will be bringing the energy in a pop-inspired gospel workshop for us. As well as bringing the house down, headling our evening choral extravaganza.

After many years of playing drums in the church band and directing the church youth choir, Sam quickly branched out to play with many respected, professional musicians and artists. Sam is a member of several high-quality professional bands, including H.U.M Gospel Choir, performing all over the country.

To date, his biggest achievement was supporting Jocelyn Brown in front of 900 plus guests.

A frontman in his element, commanding a crowd and giving an electric performance, Sam is bringing his expertise to our GO POP panel. Sam's advice and experience will help you take your performance as a choir to the next level.

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Who is Jenna Fan?

Jenna Fan, Director of GO POP CIC, started the Local Vocals pop choir in Ossett in 2017 to get more people singing, regardless of background and musical experience. A classical pianist, Jenna has been involved in choirs either as a singer or accompanist throughout her life. She started singing more seriously in 2009 when she joined a choral society. Noticing that choir members tended to be older, Jenna wanted to encourage more diversity and younger people to join choirs and start singing. Thus reaping the well-being benefits of community singing.

Jenna enjoys weekly choir rehearsals with her pop choir and other community choirs and singing projects alongside teaching at her Fanfare Music studio. She is passionate about self-esteem and loves seeing people of all ages grow in confidence through musical activities.
Jenna Fan GO POP CIC Director
The HUM Gospel Choir

H.U.M Gospel Choir

We're thrilled to announce that headlining our choir festival evening spectacular is H.U.M. One of the most versatile modern gospel choirs in the north, bringing to you soulful vocals that will have your hairs on end.

With over 20 years of performance experience, H.U.M will have you out of your seat dancing and clapping along to their versions of many popular songs from a variety of genres.

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