Surprise singing at sea!
An 86 member Rock Choir surprised passengers on a DFDS ferry to France
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Passengers sailing from Dover to Calais with DFDS were surprised recently when they were entertained by an 86 member “Rock choir” in the middle of the English Channel.
On this occasion the choir were travelling to Paris to perform on Saturday 24th August in the public park, Parc Montsouris and on Sunday 25th to perform on Videopolis auditorium stage in Disneyland Paris but broke into song after leaving the port of Dover.
The choir sung the hits “Don’t stop me now” by the legendary Queen and “Shut up and dance” by American rock band, Walk the Moon and were joined by members of the public and some of the crew in the Horizon restaurant aboard the Côtes des Dunes.
The Rock Choir were from the Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire area and comprise of 3 different choirs led by professional singer and conductor Lizzie Deane.
Lizzie said: “We do flash mobs to give the members another new experience, the buzz of performing to an unsuspecting public, and to ‘spread some joy’. It’s great fun for members and public alike. It’s also a great way of promoting singing to those who have perhaps never tried it before. This was the first flash mob performance that these choirs have performed together and it was a brilliant ice-breaker.
“The Rock Choir groups around the UK offer a glamorous inclusive experience with no auditions and no requirement to read music. Anyone joining need not have any previous singing or musical experience and it offers all ages an alternative experience to the traditional classical or community choir introducing members to feel-good pop, rock and contemporary chart songs.”
Naomi Harper, PR Manager at DFDS said “We were delighted to be able to offer passengers sailing with us this special exclusive performance. The atmosphere when the choir started singing was electric and unexpectedly emotional. It was lovely to see passengers of all ages joining in, from toddlers bopping to adults singing along and cheering!”.
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DFDS is Northern Europe's largest integrated shipping and logistics company, with a network of around 30 routes and 50 freight and passenger ships.
DFDS prides itself on offering world-class facilities and services and the widest choice of ferry routes into northern Europe. In the UK, the company operates passenger ferry services on routes from Dover to Calais, Dover to Dunkirk, Newcastle to Amsterdam and Newhaven to Dieppe.
DFDS has been named the 'World's Leading Ferry Operator' for the last 7 years (2011-2017) as well as 'Europe's Leading Ferry Operator' (2012-19).
DFDS currently operates up to 54 sailings a day between Dover and France on its Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais routes. DFDS also offers two daily sailings between Newcastle and Amsterdam. In addition, the DFDS network includes a passenger and freight service between Newhaven to Dieppe, which has four daily sailings and is operated by Transmanche Ferries.
For further information about DFDS, or to find out about the latest sailing times, fares and offers across all routes from the UK, visit www.dfds.co.uk