The Collaboration Choir
Imagine doing a job which spreads euphoria amongst your clients, lifting their mood with soaring melodies and feel-good lyrics? Welcome to the world of Carrie Rawlings whose musical alchemy diffuses joy amongst the singers of her inclusive adult community pop choir.
An actress, musician and vocal coach, Carrie launched The Collaboration Choir in April 2022, and now leads more than 350 people in song, across Cambridge, St Neots, and Huntingdon.
With a soundtrack of uplifting contemporary pop, from Pink to The Turtles, sessions have a distinct party feel!
Members, who range from 18 to 89 in age, also enjoy the empowerment of giving back through community concerts (don’t miss their Cambridge Corn Exchange debut in August) and charity fund-raisers.
Cambridge-born Carrie has always loved music and began playing the xylophone aged four. By 10, she had mastered piano (and led the school in a Christmas musical), and at 11 was cast as Gerda in The Snow Queen. After gaining a performing arts degree and a postgraduate diploma in musical theatre (from prestigious Mountview), Carrie won her first major role in BBC period drama The Two Loves of Anthony Trollope.Theatre and TV work followed, before she moved into teaching, first young people, then adults at Rock Choir, where she was Cambridgeshire leader for nine years, performing at major events, from BBC Proms in the Park to a sold-out 02 Arena.
When Covid-19 hit, Carrie took time out to care for her two sons and devised the idea of The Collaboration Choir.
Carrie, who also runs a vocal group and musical events company, loves how singing transforms members from shy and inhibited to confident and empowered. She’s recently launched three new branches of The Collaboration Choir and plans to offer franchises to spread the euphoria of collaborative singing far and wide!