We’ve lived in Helensburgh for two and half years now and I remember when the leaflets for choir came through the door, everyone was really excited including me, but I just thought, I can’t sing and the choir might not last long!
My friend Tilly has always been in the choir and I’ve always followed what they were doing and it was lovely to see them grow stronger and more successful. I still didn’t join as I didn’t think I would be able to commit properly as I had a young child and my husband was at sea.
In July 2012 we had a rough time as our daughter had been admitted to hospital with severe back pain. After an MRI scan they found a large tumour on her spinal cord and slight brain abnormalities. After numerous tests they diagnosed her with a genetic condition called Neurofibromatosis Type 1. (NF-1).
This condition causes a massive range of problems, tumours to grow on or inside the body, learning difficulties, co-ordination problems and more. It was a horrible time for us and she had surgery to reduce the tumour and regular MRI scans to check what’s left isn’t growing. Joining the choir wasn’t even an option at this time as we were so focused on everything going on I didn’t have time for anything else.
We got back on track as a family and deal with everything as best we can. Numerous medical appointments and an uncertain future as we have no idea how badly our daughter will be affected with NF.
However, about 6 months ago Tilly told me about an open day for the Military Wives Choir and I reluctantly came along (Tilly is very persuasive!!) I listened to them sing and they sounded fantastic. I even joined in for a sing-a-long and it felt so liberating! I felt so happy and ‘high’ after! I’ve always listened to music every night as it’s a nice way to de stress, but joining the choir has also been a fabulous way for me to de stress and have some “me” time.
When I’m at choir I really enjoy myself and as an added bonus I get to meet new people! It’s given me something positive to focus on which most recently has been a god send as my daughter underwent a second surgery and is now week 5 into an 18 month chemotherapy treatment plan. The choir has been and continues to be a great support to me.
I look forward to taking part in the upcoming events and I actually can’t wait for Monday nights now. I just wish I had joined sooner!
On this Armistice Day, Military Wives Choirs across the UK and overseas are performing at services in their local communities, acknowledging this poignant occasion. Music played an important role during World War 1, both in the trenches and back at home. It was extremely important for the troops, who would sing for solidarity and to […]
We’re absolutely delighted to be able to share our ‘Brave’ music video! Our ‘Brave’ music video featuring the fab and incredibly supportive Laura Wright who co-wrote the song, we visited three military bases from across the services to demonstrate the very real and present-day aspect of life in the military community for our choir members, whilst recognising […]
Military Wives Choirs: The ‘Remember’ Album “Perhaps it will brighten the dark moments a little to think how you have meant to someone more than anything ever has or ever will. What you have striven for will not end in nothing, all that you have done and been will not be wasted, for it will […]
Next year (2018) marks the centenary of the end of World War 1. Fierce heroism from the troops at the Front was matched by the country’s women who raised children alone, nursed, and worked tirelessly despite the loss of husbands, sons, fathers, brothers and friends. The Military Wives Choirs can tell the story of these […]
Have you spotted the Autumn edition of Army&You Magazine? We’re absolutely delighted to be featured on the front cover! You can read Jules from North London Military Wives Choir’s story on page 29 talking about what choir means to her. She says: “I’ve secured some lovely friendships with women of all ages with different connections to the […]