RAISE THE ROOF: singing from the heart ... reaching for the soul.
Raise the Roof Started twelve years ago by Barb Jungr Raise the Roof has been led for the last seven years by Melanie Harrold.
Raise the Roof has grown into a vibrant community of singers whose enthusiasm and sheer pleasure in singing together and for others, comes resonating through the wide and rich variety of songs that they perform. Photograph by Gary Laybourn 2007
Spontaneity and organic connection to breath, song, sound and rhythm are the key factors which thread through this wonderful and ever expanding group of singers.
The Singing River Raise the Roof joined choirs from throughout London singing down the River Thames on a forty foot barge in celebration of the re-opening of The Royal Festival Hall under the directorship of Orlando Gough. On arriving at the Festival Hall Raise the Roof joined in a mass singing of celebration and welcome through music specially composed by Orlando and also in the magnificent Georgian traditional song Aslanuri Mralvalzhamier.
St Augustine’s Church, One Tree Hill, SE2￼ This beautiful Grade 2 listed church, which has an ongoing Living Heritage renovation appeal, has hosted the annual summer concert of The Raise The Roof Choir which is recorded live.
The CDs, Songs from Around the World Volumes 1 and 2 are currently on sale.
Photograph by Gary Laybourn 2007
The Rivoli Ballroom This glittering night under crystal chandeliers brought together the Salsa classes led by Roberto di Silva and the Raise The Roof classes based at the Horniman Museum, in a fabulous night of dance and song.