History of the Choir
Rising Voices Wessex are community choirs set up to help individuals recover after treatment for cancer or to help those affected by the experience of cancer in the family. It was launched in January 2013 with an appearance on BBC South Today and in a partnership with the Lighthouse Arts Centre in Poole.
The Poole choir currently has over 60 members meeting weekly for rehearsals and who take part in performances throughout the year - these performances help raise funds to support the choir. Taking part in performances is something that most members enjoy but isn’t compulsory! The emphasis is on having fun, with choirs members having their say on which songs they would like to sing so the repertoire is varied.
A grant from the former Dorset Cancer Network in 2012 supported the launch of the choir .The choirs has since received funding from Macmillan Cancer Support and, in 2014, won a Lottery bid supporting its ability to offer the benefits of singing for fun whilst living with cancer or recovering from the experience of having been affected by cancer.
In January 2016 on its 3rd birthday Rising Voices became a register charity (registration number 1165053).