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 Making a song and dance since 1999 

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Revelation is a network of christian-based rock-gospel choirs, where anyone can join, no matter their beliefs.

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Keele got its own rev in 1999, winning the coveted SU New Society of the Year Award, and has been running strong ever since, producing an annual concert in March and performing all over Staffordshire.

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There are no requirements for joining and there are no auditions; we have members from all levels of the university and the surrounding area. Rev is a fun an relaxed group of friends forming a choir, a band and a dance group. (Though you don't have to do all three!). Run by the choir, for the choir we welcome anyone to try their hand at conducting, singing solo, leading the dance, arranging music, playing in the band, and just about anything else!

During university term time we rehearse weekly on Monday nights from 8pm to 10pm on the University Campus in the Keele Chapel and we're always keen for new members - whatever shape your voice is in we can do something with it! If you think you'd like to come along to a rehearsal then just pop along one Monday evening, or if you'd like some more info then contact us and we can help you out.

Aims & Values
The commonly held A&V are what govern and guide all Revelation Choirs, they are as follows:

Our Aims
To be a Christian-based Rock-Gospel choir incorporating other performing arts.
To create a choir where people can build friendships, draw out hidden abilities, and be accepted for who and what they are.
To develop this concept throughout institutions of higher education worldwide.
Our Values
Everyone in Revelation has an equal role to play, and is loved and accepted as such.
We believe that performances and concerts are a means to an end, not an end in themselves.
There are no prerequisites to joining Revelation.
Revelation is run by the group, for the group.
Freedom of choice is respected at all times.
We are all beautiful people loved by God and by each other.

Revelation Scripture

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Colossians 3 v12-14 (NIV)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the jumping person?
A: That's the Revelation mascot, Burpey (or Burpee, Burpy, Burpie spelling is different at different choirs)

Q: What kind of music do you sing?
A: This something we're often asked and isn't easy to answer. Rev do a mixture of traditional Gospel, worship, pop, rock, classical, film music and original compositions in a gospel style.

Q: Do I need to be able to read music?
A: Nope. All music is taught by ear, though sheet music is usually available on request if that is what you prefer. See Value 3.

Q: How much does it cost to join?
A: Membership for the academic year 16/17 is £2.50. T-shirts are usually around £8.

Q: What is Revelation National?
A: Revelation Rock-Gospel Choirs, to give it its full name, is a registered UK Charity (1096262), who's role is to support the choirs in student institutions throughout Britain. It does this through running training events, national events such as WiM and providing a network of support staff for all aspects of running a choir from musical, to the technical, to the spiritual.

Q: Do I need to be a Christian?
A: Nope. The choir is christian-based, meaning we hold certain values. Will not try to convert anyone; nor will you be asked about your beliefs. Some of us love God, some of us just love gospel music.

Q: How is the choir run?
A: The choir is run by the choir, for the choir, we are all equal. We are formally organised into a committee to share out tasks and comply with students' union regulations on socities. Please see the committee section for more detailed information.

Q: What if I don't want to sing?
A: That's fine. You can just join to play an instrument, do dance, drama or technical.

Q: What is WiM?
A: WiM stands for Week in March. It's Revelation national's annual event where everyone from every choir is invited to spend a week during the Easter holidays putting on a big concert, all staying under one roof. The week is usually in April despite the name, which was inherited from the first year it ran in 1994.

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