The choir was formed in 1964 when a group of old girls from Rothwell Grammar School got together to sing for relaxation and enjoyment under the direction of their music teacher Joyce Blakey.  When Joyce retired in 1990 the choir was fortunate to find Alec Jackson.  Alec’s enthusiasm and ambition helped the choir to new success, working wonders in increasing membership and developing a more challenging and stimulating repertoire.  Alec reluctantly resigned at the end of six years after constant travelling from Cambridge.  The gap was filled by Philip Wood for a year before he too moved away. In the meantime Alec had relocated to North Yorkshire and the Rodillians were delighted to acquire his services for a second time.  He stayed until 2002, when the demands of a new job, new baby and long journeys became too difficult.  Alec's approach to female voice choirs and singing did a lot to assist the Rodillian Singers becoming where they are today. Alec's successor was Jane Edwardson, an experienced musical director of many years' standing, who stayed until December 2003. Today The Rodillian Singers or ‘RODS’, as the choir is affectionately known, are more than just another `ladies choir’, they demonstrate how a female voice choir can captivate and move its audience, performing innovative, challenging and different styles of music.  Under the leadership of their Musical Director, Sue Gwynn, the choir has moved onto a new level and this has been demonstrated by its recent successes at festivals.  Sue's enthusiasm and vision have moved the choir from strength to strength developing a challenging and stimulating repertoire from classical, folk, swing, jazz and songs from Africa.  Essentially the Rodillian Singers are a group of friends who love to sing and share the joy of music with others. Over the years the Rodillians have performed at prestigious venues including a massed choirs’ concert organized by the National Association of Choirs (NAC) at the Royal Albert Hall in London.  The choir has travelled around the UK and abroad, including trips to Germany, Paris, Dublin and the Isle of Arran.  In addition they were honoured to host the African Children’s Choir in Wakefield - a most pleasurable event. 2009 was a busy year for the choir as the Rodillians performed in York Minister with Katherine Jenkins and Faryl Smith to mark the 50 th  Anniversary of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.  The choir also performed with Faryl Smith again in Durham Cathedral at Christmas. 2010 brought even bigger challenges with the Rodillians providing the backing vocals for “The Voice” Russell Watson on a nationwide tour entitled “That Glorious Noise” in aid of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.  They also performed their own set on stage alongside coloratura soprano Camilla Kerslake, mezzo soprano Faryl Smith and jazz singer Emer McParland at Harewood House, Meridian Park in Cleethorpes, and Woburn Abbey with the finale being at Beaulieu Park.  On November 12th 2011 at Wakefield Cathedral the Rodillians performed on stage with Jonathan Ansell (previously from The X Factor’s runners up G4) and Catherine Tyldesley (Eva Price from Coronation Street), all in aid of Help for Heroes.  It was one of the most emotional concerts that the choir has performed at. On 31 st  March 2012 at the amazing venue of Beverley Minister, the Rodillians were honoured to perform again with Jonathan Ansell and alongside Charlotte Wakefield (who played Sophie Sheridan in the West End production of Mama Mia).  This was another concert in aid of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.          April 2012 was a busy month, after winning at the Eskdale Festival on the 14 th  the choir performed the following Wednesday at the Wakefield Opera House alongside the Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band at the 2012 Chantry Rotary Concert.  On the 28 th  the choir sang at St Peters Church, Horbury.  They entertained the audience along with Lofthouse 2000 brass band in aid of The Catterick Hospital Appeal.  A fantastic night was had by all that attended.  For the Diamond Jubilee the choir performed at Woodkirk Church, where a patriotic night was enjoyed by all who were involved.
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