The Big Sing Off 2016!

Archived: Posted April 22, 2016

On Saturday 16th April the day we had all been waiting for finally arrived – FCA’s hotly-anticipated event of the year. After weeks of rehearsals, 16 choirs and over 700 foster carers, staff and looked after children from across the UK and Northern Ireland attended our biggest ever Big Sing Off!

This year the theme was World of Diversity, and we couldn’t wait to celebrate our world of diversity through song. The atmosphere was incredible as the Big Sing Off 2016 opened with a spectacular rendition of Ricky Martin’s ‘Living La Vida Loca’ by our co-founder and executive chairman Jim Cockburn and Frank Ward our Director of Quality and Practice – complete with personalised lyrics and enviable dance moves!

It was a jam-packed day with an array of guest performances alongside the 16 choirs singing, which made it an exciting and unforgettable experience. There were amazing dance routines by senior students from the Stage Door Academy, a flash mob dance fusion by Desi Nach and drumming by Drum Love. Voices Matter, the care leavers’ choir entertained the audience with a moving performance of their song Mad World, with an added surprise of beatboxing and a rap by FCA’s Ian Thomas!

There was full spectator participation too. In recognition of co-founder and executive director Jan Rees’ recent OBE for services to children and families, the audience sang “Waltzing Jan” (an adaptation of the song Waltzing Matilda with words written specially for Jan), while a picture slideshow ran in the background.

Jan Rees celebrates at FCA's Big Sing Off

After the choirs had performed it was left to our highly esteemed panel of four judges to decide on the top three. Claire Delaney (a classical soprano, actress and tutor), Tony Banham (award winning director, writer and professional actor), Adam Treadway (Musical Director of Beckenham Chorale) and Martina Ponsonby (dance principal, adjudicator, choreographer and performer) had the difficult decision. Judges said that “this year the competition was an extremely high standard for both singing and performing”.

Thank you to everyone who took part – all 16 choirs, young people and foster carers. Events like this simply wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for your support.  It was a remarkable day and so much fun. Thank you for making this year’s Big Sing Off the biggest and best yet!

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