Between Big Noise’s very first session with about 20 singers in September 2009 to our 10 year Anniversary with 450 singers in December 2019, the choirs have raised in excess of £100,000 for various charities - an astonishing achievement which averages at about £10,000 raised per year.
This money has been raised collectively by the effort, skill and musicality of every single person who has sung with Big Noise over our 10 years. Every voice has had an input in raising this money for local and national charities.
Often choir members step forward to suggest a charity that holds some special significance for them. Very often these are local charities that have supported themselves or a loved one through a difficult time in their life. We encourage choir members to share their story with the choir if they feel comfortable to do so, as these personal stories help our choir members and audiences understand the significance of the excellent work these charities undertake.
We also ask the charity to become involved in the event itself, sending a representative to address the audience, provide refreshments in the interval and provide ways of getting in touch with them in the future.
This collective fundraising help to give our choir members some ownership within the choirs, it also helps less confident singers to step over their own fears around singing in public.
Some of the charities we have worked with include:
Age Uk, Pete’s Dragons, Blood Bikers, Balloons, Children’s Hospice Southwest, Chinakidz, Snowdrop Appeal, Amnesty International, Dream-a-Way, Exeter Deaf School, Alzheimer’s Society, Singing for the Brain, Exeter Foodbank, Ashburton Swimming Pool, Exeter Lions
Hospiscare, Rowcroft Hospice and many, many more.