Rugby World Cup – press release 6 Oct 2015

Rugby World Cup – press release 6 Oct 2015

Newcastle Choral Society tackles the Anthems!

Newcastle Choral Society is currently singing to the choir’s largest ever audience – at Rugby World Cup 2015.

The choir was appointed to lead the singing of the national anthems at all three Rugby World Cup 2015 matches being held in October at St James Park, Newcastle, following a chance approach from Progress Productions, the Sports Presentation partner to England Rugby 2015.

This presented the choir with the unusual opportunity of singing to an audience of more than 50,000 people in the stadium – and many millions watching the matches around the world.

The chairman of Newcastle Choral, Charmian Marshall says: “This is a unique set of performances for a choir more used to singing in the Sage than St. James Park – our biggest audience ever!  Huge excitement ensued at the news, local members from the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and Sage Gateshead Quay Voices were invited to join us, then the debate about what to wear! Finally we settled on black sweatshirts with the choir logo in white from a local supplier, and very smart we looked at the first of the matches, South Africa v Scotland on Saturday 3rd October, as we marched with military precision to our spot, centre stage in the middle of the pitch. Such an exhilarating experience buoyed up by the roar of the fans, and the huge round of applause as we left the pitch to take up our seats – Wow! All that practicing of unusual languages in the South African anthem paid off – ‘Flower of Scotland’ was a breeze! ”

Two more matches to come! More dialects and language to polish up – no music allowed on the field! This Friday 9th October we will sing the New Zealand and Tongan anthems at the match which starts at 20.00 and on Saturday 10th October, with Samoa and Scotland kicking off at 14.30.


The Choir in Print!  We also featured in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle on 7 October.  Read the article, see the photographs and enjoy viewing some video HERE!