CHOIR members from Dorset were among a group of singers to record at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.

The London studios, made famous by The Beatles 50 years ago, were opened up to 280 members of the Rock Choir, including singers from Weymouth and Dorchester.

Rock Choir leader Stacey Rae Hobday from Weymouth, who arranged the recording session, said: "The members did themselves and Dorset proud. As a huge Beatles fan myself it was an incredibly inspiring place to be, let alone record, direct and sing with the members.

"The six month build up to this experience was absolutely worth it.

"My 'Rockies' as they are affectionately known made the most of every minute of this once in a lifetime privilege and truly sang their socks off."

The choir recorded specially arranged versions of Erasure's 'A Little Respect' and Beyonce's 'Halo'. As a special treat Stacey stepped down from the conductor's podium to record the solo 'Just The Way You Are' by Bruno Mars.

Rock Choir has now been performing for ten years, and has groups in communities across the country. To date the organisation, which takes singers of all abilities, has more than 20,000 members. The Dorset group recorded at Abbey Road in June.

Abbey Road studios are closely associated with The Beatles, who recorded most of their albums there between 1962 and 1970.

Photographer Iain Macmillan took the iconic shot of the group's 1969 album, Abbey Road, which featured the zebra crossing outside.

This crossing has since become a place of pilgrimage for Beatles' fans, with hundreds of thousands of people having posed on the crossing for their own memento photographs.

A Rock Choir spokesman said: "Recording at Abbey Road Studios is just another amazing opportunity offered to Rock Choir members.

"Only recently, Stacey’s members sang at the Weymouth Pavilion and Poole Lighthouse supporting Sam Bailey on her UK tour and also performed as the warm up act for BBC's The Naked Choir winners, Sons Of Pitches at The Yeovil Octagon."

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