Update from… The Military Wives Choir
Sing it louder, sing it clearer, knowing everyone will hear you. Make some noise, find your voice tonight. Sing it stronger, sing together, make this moment last forever…
The Wyton and Brampton Military Wives Choir have had a very busy Spring season, first supporting the RAF Wyton Area Voluntary Band in concert at Needingworth, followed by another concert at Somersham.
By the time you find yourself reading this update, we will also have appeared at St Mary Magdalene Church, Brampton in June, alongside the Huntingdon Male Voice Choir. First up was the Needingworth Concert held in the Village Hall in memory of Bryan ‘Mr Wyton Band’ Clark”. In a break from our usual routine, instead of going straight on to the stage, we started singing in the aisle without introduction. Afterwards, we all agreed that by singing as we made our way onto stage, we were able to engage much more with the audience, making a real impact. The song we chose for this was ‘Make you feel my Love’. Next up was ‘Amazing Grace’ which featured a beautiful solo from Natasha Bretten. Starting quietly, we gradually turned up the volume, finishing with a truly majestic ‘Amen’. In the second half we performed ‘Stronger Together’, followed by ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’, our Union Flag waving routine going down very well with the audience, so much so that they joined in, and we had to sing it twice. Proceeds from the concert were split between Needingworth Rainbow Brownies and Guides, and the Junior Section Bowls Club.
In late April we performed at a concert at St John’s Church in Somersham, only this time we weren’t so much as a support act, but performing in our own right. Corona Brass, a local 5-piece brass ensemble provided the first half of the concert, while we performed the whole of the second half. Having now built up a strong repertoire of songs, we sang nine songs, including; ‘Make you feel my Love’, ‘Sing’, ‘Stronger Together’, ‘I will follow Him’, ‘Amazing Grace’, ‘One Voice’, ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’, ‘When the Saint go Marching In’, and finishing off with the National Anthem. Highlights from the night came in the form of our three soloists; Sarah Bland in ‘I will follow Him’, Natasha Bretten in ‘Amazing Grace’, and Lisa Lear in ‘One Voice’. All three did themselves and the choir proud, each singing quite beautifully. With a rousing reception, and plenty of audience participation with our flag-waving version of ‘Tipperary’, we thoroughly enjoyed the occasion, and are very much looking forward to our next concert in June.
Finally, for anyone out there considering joining the choir, although the whole ethos of Military Wives Choirs is about bringing women together through singing, and we do sing a lot, we do a lot more besides; in the coming month we have both a quiz and film night organised.