Here come the Military Wives to Swindon
8:50am Wednesday 10th October 2012 in By Matthew Edwards, Sports reporter
A WORLD-famous choir is on the march to Swindon’s Wyvern Theatre.
The Military Wives, a choir comprising of wives and girlfriends of British Military personnel, will perform at the theatre in January.
The first choir was formed by Gareth Malone as part of the BBC TV programme The Choir, and since then three more choirs have been formed.
Last year the group of women claimed the coveted Christmas number one spot with their song Wherever You Are, which was followed in March by the release of the album In My Dreams, named after the lead single which also went straight to number one.
Wyvern theatre director Derek Aldridge said he was delighted to have such a popular choir performing in Swindon, and said he hoped that people would show their support for the armed forces.
“I am absolutely thrilled that The Military Wives will be appearing in Swindon in one of their first live concerts,” he said. “They captured the hearts of the nation and this promises to be a wonderful event.
“The evening will be a touching and emotional showcase of some of the most memorable songs and music from the television series.
“Here in Wiltshire, we are a military county and I am certain that this show will touch the hearts of all who see it.
“Like many others, I found the television series inspirational.
“Their performances not only demonstrate their stunning singing skills but also provide the women involved with an opportunity to escape, temporarily, the emotional pressures that are part and parcel of being a military wife.
“I am sure their performances will strike a chord with many people in similar situations who are separated from their loved ones.
“Their public appearances poignantly remind us all of the debt we owe to the forces and their families.”
In May, the choir performed at the opening of the Olympic Stadium in London and contributed to the Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber single Sing to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II.
The Wyvern show’s choir will be made up of local and national choir members of The Military Wives Foundation.
The evening commences with The Band of the Royal Anglian Regiment and will be compered by BBC Radio’s Howard Leader.
Proceeds from the concert will go to The Military Wives Foundation, to continue and encourage the development of choirs across the UK, Help The Heroes and selected RAFA charities.
Tickets are on sale for The Military Wives performance at the Wyvern Theatre, on Saturday, January 19.
To book, visit wyverntheatre.org.uk or call the ticket office on 01793 524 481.
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