Military Wives celebrate release of new album

PUBLISHED: 11:09 08 November 2012 | UPDATED: 11:34 08 November 2012

Joy Richardson (middle left) and musical director Lynne Ward-Booth at the launch party of the new album by the Military Wives Choir at Carver Barracks.

Joy Richardson (middle left) and musical director Lynne Ward-Booth at the launch party of the new album by the Military Wives Choir at Carver Barracks.

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CHAMPAGNE and nibbles were in abundance as the Military Wives Choir at Carver Barracks celebrated the release of their debut album at a launch party on Monday.

Featuring tracks such as Gary Barlow’s Jubilee anthem Sing and Take That classic Rule the World, the record has been put together by more than 647 military wives from 24 choirs across the UK.

In September, the wives broke a world record for the biggest-ever video shoot in music history when they teamed up with mentor Gareth Malone, choirmaster and presenter of the BAFTA-award-winning TV series The Choir, to film a video for the album at The Guards Chapel in London.

The Wimbish choir – which now has 17 members – was formed by Joy Richardson back in January.

She told the Reporter she couldn’t believe how popular it had become in such a short space of time and was thrilled with the enthusiasm shown by other wives on the camp.

“I wanted to provide an opportunity for fun, laughter, friendship building and mutual support. As military wives we are often on the move, which can mean being far from friends and family when we need a helping hand.

The choir is an open door in a close community, where we can share experiences and break down barriers,” Mrs Richardson explained.

“It has been brilliant for Wimbish Barracks because it’s somewhere wives can come along and get to know everyone and support each other – it’s really boosted morale.

“My husband is in Afghanistan at the moment so it’s been nice to have something to focus on while he’s away.”

The album, called Stronger Together, features the Wimbish group on two of the songs – Voices and the title track.

Businesses in the area joined together for the launch event, hosted and sponsored locally by clothing store Mistral, on Market Hill, which coincided with a national release.

The Wimbish choir is part of the Military Wives Choirs Foundation, set up to provide practical help and support to the rapidly-growing network of choirs on British military bases around the world, with the aim of bringing women in the military community closer together.

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