Wivelsfield Green businesswoman sings to thousands at Twickenham


A Wivelsfield Green businesswoman was among the lucky few singing at the Rugby World Cup Quarter Final.

Fiona Monson was part of the Games Maker Choir who performed at the match last month following their performance at the South Africa vs USA earlier in the tournament.

Fiona Monson joined the choir back in February 2013 and was part of the 150 strong choir singing at Twickenham. Fiona said: “We were facing the players and the roar that went up as they came in was amazing.”

The time proved hectic for Fiona as she set up her own business in September, having left accountancy firm Armida in Uckfield to start an insolvency practice in Haywards Heath.

Having learnt seven anthems in total with many in foreign languages. The stirring N’kosi Sikelele, Star Spangled Banner and Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau amongst others are now firmly embedded in the choir’s memories.

Made up of 150 of the volunteers who came together at the Olympic Games, the choir embody the spirit that came alive during the London Olympics.

Formed at the Olympic Park by recent graduate Victoria Verbi, what started as an idea over the dinner table is now an established performance choir appearing around the country supporting British sport.

Victoria said: “Being able to perform on one of the world’s biggest sporting stages has been fantastic, and singing on the pitch at The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where this all began was something very special.”

The group also sung before the final of the EuroHockey 2015 Championships, which saw England become champions of Europe.

The choir are used to performing on the big stage having been signed by Decca, and releasing a charity single called I Wish for You The World which with the support of Boris Johnson, David Cameron and Lord Coe, they entered the annual race for Xmas Number One culminating in a performance on the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year.

Since then, the choir has been in high demand and has performed for amongst others, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Help for Heroes, the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, the Join In Anniversary Games, Sport Relief and the Tour de France.

Choir founder Victoria said “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 iconic venues and on such a big occasion as Rugby World Cup 2015.”

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