Military Wives Choirs are open to anyone with a military connection – no experience or auditions are necessary so you don’t need to have sung before to join us. Lots of our ladies hadn’t sung since school before joining a MWC, but have now fallen in love with singing. They see it more as a way of coming together, having fun and learning a new skill in a friendly and welcoming environment.
Families of service personnel move around frequently and it can be tough to put down roots or make new friends. Military Wives Choirs are fun and safe spaces, open to all women in the military community. If you are new to an area, choir can be a great way of getting to know like-minded, friendly people who can make you feel at home.
As well as learning a skill and making friends, Military Wives Choirs give you the chance to share experiences with those who are in the same boat and who understand the often unpredictable nature of forces life. Choirs can become wider support networks. We sing, we laugh and occasionally we cry, but most of all there’s no need to explain why you might be feeling down – the ladies just get it.
The best thing about being in a choir is the fun and friendship you will find each week in your local rehearsal sessions. However, often your rehearsals may be gearing up for performances to the public. This can feel quite scary initially but often, our choir ladies find themselves falling in love with performing. Being a part of the Military Wives Choirs network also means you may sometimes be offered the chance to take part in special experiences and performances in stunning locations and often with other choirs.
Forces life can be very changeable and often, families may move to a completely new part of the country unexpectedly. With over 70 Military Wives Choirs across the UK and abroad sharing core repertoire, you can step into a new choir and instantly feel a level of familiarity, so you know that the choir can be a constant in your life.
Often choirs get the opportunity to go out and about performing to their local communities, meaning that you can establish a connection and level of pride knowing that you are giving something back and getting to know your local community whilst enjoying performing.
A key theme across the Military Wives Choirs network is cake! There’s always time in rehearsals to tuck in to a slice of home-made Victoria Sponge and have a cuppa and a natter at the same time, so you’re sure to get your sugar fix.
It has been scientifically proven that singing is linked to endorphin release, a hormone that gives you that post-singing “buzz” people talk about, and also to a reduction in cortisol (a stress hormone) after just one hour of singing. Many studies have shown that choirs can help your mental wellbeing on a long term basis by alleviating anxiety and depression. Early indications also show that singing could have a long term benefit on your physical health, so you’ll be feeling great as well as sounding great!
It’s always great to try something new and often our ladies find that taking that step to join their local Military Wives Choir really builds the confidence which they might have lost from constantly relocating.
Our choir ladies are often very busy people, juggling all aspects of life, sometimes single-handedly. Military Wives Choirs are that fun and safe space where you can let your hair down, sing your heart out and take time for yourself for once.
We’ve put together this document to better help you understand eligibility to join a Military Wives Choir. MWCF MembersCriteria
The Military Wives Choirs Foundation charity was created following the enormous success of the No.1 single Wherever You Are, which raised over half a million pounds for SSAFA and The Royal British Legion.