Woodford Green woman to sing at Rugby League World Cup semi final (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Woodford Green woman to sing at Rugby League World Cup semi final
A woman who joined the Olympic Games Maker Choir last year will sing in front of 90,000 people at the Rugby League World Cup semi-final at Wembley stadium.
Anne Rason, 67, who lives just off Roding Lane North in Woodford Green, will perform the national anthems of the teams, singing with the choir of Olympic volunteers.
The nationwide choir has over 500 members in total, coming from as far afield as Scotland and Cornwall, who were all Games Makers at the Olympics last year.
The choir was formed when Games Maker Victoria Verbi put a notice up for other Games Makers to join a choir and was inundated with 200 wannabe singers.
Miss Rason said: “None of us had met each other before. Now I feel part of the Games Maker Choir family.”
The choir is totally self-funded and its events raise money for sports-related charities.
Associations with these charities and well-connected fans of the choir, like Mayor of London Boris Johnson, and comedian Eddie Izzard, have led to some high profile bookings.
“We’ve got some good friends in high places,” said Ms Rason.
The choir sang for several thousand people at the Olympic Park in July to commemorate the anniversary of the Games, but that will be overshadowed by singing at Wembley stadium on November 23.
The choir has had to learn all the national anthems of the teams taking part because it does not know, at this stage, which ones will be going through to the semi finals.
Ms Rason has been singing for 10 years and said: “It has been my salvation.”
“Nobody can feel depressed for very long when they are singing.”
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