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7 May 2013

Military Wives Choirs plan for their musical future

Gareth Malone joins over 40 Musical Directors to make sure the Choirs hit the right notes for the next year.


Gareth Malone joins over 40 Musical Directors to make sure the Choirs hit the right notes for the next year.

The Royal Military School of Music, based at Kneller Hall, Twickenham, was alive with the sound of a different kind of music today when Gareth Malone lead the Military Wives Choirs Foundation’s inaugural Musical Directors (MDs) Workshop.

The MDs, who work closely with the Military Wives Choirs based across the British Forces World, were given the opportunity to meet Gareth, discuss the successes of the last year and learn new skills, vocal exercises and choral pieces to take back to their choirs, helping them to continue in their future musical endeavors.

Gareth Malone, The Military Wives Choirs Foundation’s first patron said,

“It was great to meet so many of the MDs today; their energy and enthusiasm was infectious! To date, we have over 60 choirs across the British Forces World and the fact that we had at least one representative from nearly all of the choirs shows just how important the Foundation has become to the Serving Community.”

The Military Wives Choirs Foundation was launched in September 2012 as a subsidiary charity of SSAFA, with the aim of reaching across the whole of the military community to bring women closer together through singing. It provides guidance, funding and support for individual choirs, as well as the opportunity to bring choirs together through national projects.

Caroline Jopp, Choirs coordinator and co- founder of The Military Wives Choirs Foundation said,

“The Musical Directors are the unsung heroes of the Foundation who quietly and consistently support our choirs from the wings and this is a chance for us to recognise their invaluable contribution to the Military Wives Choirs Foundation and to look forward to an exciting year ahead.”

Captain Ian Johnson, Director of Music with the Light Cavalry Band and Musical Director for the Bovington Military Wives Choir continues, 
“Being an MWC MD myself, I know just how important it is to support the Musical Directors in their work so that they can offer their choirs the best direction possible. It was an honour to be able to help provide a venue through the home of military music, here at Kneller Hall. I know many of the choirs have worked with bands from The Corps of Army Music and as music is our life blood here at the Royal Military School of Music, the staff here were only to happy to be able to offer the Foundation our continued support.”

Find out more about the Military Wives Choirs Foundation.