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 women like no one else can, as it is ours. We want to acknowledge this poignant occasion through a special commemorative project, coming together with military bands across all three services to create an album like no other, with Remembrance at its heart.
Music for the album centres on our four exciting commissions where prestigious composers from the classical, pop and film worlds have sought input from choir members to help them write songs around the themes of remembrance, commemoration, patriotism and military life.
The album also encompasses music from ages past and present, referencing upbeat WW1 marching songs, iconic regimental and service marches, beautifully contemplative remembrance pieces and contemporary songs reflecting our choirs’ world, all with a fresh take through creative arrangements and collaboration with world-class military musicians from the three services.
Your support will make this possible. Preorder the album now through Pledge Music and help us to bring women in the military community together in 2018, whilst remembering those who served in 1918.
With your help, we will remember them.
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 […]
Gemma moved overseas two years ago when her husband was posted to Germany. She was nervous about leaving friends and family behind – that’s where the choir came in: “Living in Germany, as I’m sure with any posting abroad, has been a mixed bag of wonderful highs and sometimes lonely lows. I moved here from […]
Charlie has been part of the Army for five years but wasn’t aware that you could join a Military Wives Choir if you are serving. She wishes she had known sooner: “I am a Corporal who has been in the army for five years. Being female and in the forces is lonely sometimes as it’s […]
Women in the military community face a unique set of challenges linked to frequent family moves and the impact of operational deployment. We asked the Dishforth Military Wives Choir what being a part of a Military Wives Choir means to them… “I’m not a singer, but always wanted to be. Choir lets me do that. […]