Trio are ready to take centre stage at match


THREE Bognor Regis women will be stretching their vocal chords and singing their hearts out in front of a massive audience.

The trio – Margaret Murphy, Jenny Hicklin and Julie Gillson – are members of the Games Maker Choir.

They will sing with 95 other choir friends from all over the UK at Saturday’s major international rugby union match at Twickenham between England and 
South Africa.

The choir will sing the national anthems for the two countries – four verses, each in a different language – as well as Jerusalem and I Vow to Thee my Country.

They have also been busy learning other songs to perform to entertain the expected crowd of 82,000.

Margaret said: “We have all gained so much from being part of this very special choir, since its formation in the London 2012 Olympics.

“Along with new musical and technical skills plus performances at world-class sporting events, we are 
all very much a very 
happy family.

“Jenny, Julie and I had never met until we volunteered for the Olympics and subsequently joined the choir, even though we all live close to each other in Bognor Regis. This is perhaps an extreme example, but we would encourage people to volunteer with local and national organisations.

“You can gain so much – friendship, camaraderie and new skills, too, you never know where it might lead.”

This performance will follow their fantastic experience at last year’s Rugby League World Cup semi-finals at Wembley and several other sporting events.

The Games Maker Choir is the living legacy of the 2012 Olympics. It is made up of 150 of the volunteers who came together at the London games.

The choir was formed at the Olympic Park by recent graduate Victoria Verbi and what started as an idea over the dinner table is now an established performance choir appearing around the country, supporting British sporting excellence.

Victoria said: “We are delighted to be performing at Twickenham Stadium to help create a fantastic pre-match atmosphere.

“We see ourselves as a legacy from one of Britain’s greatest-ever sporting events, so it’s great to be able to perform at such an iconic venue at such a big match.”

The choir are used to performing on the big stage, having been signed by Decca and releasing a charity single I Wish For You the World.

With the support of Boris Johnson, David Cameron and Sebastian Coe, they entered the annual race for Christmas number one, culminating 
in a performance on the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year.