WE'RE ON OUR HOLIDAYS, BUT JOIN US WHEN WE RETURN
The choir is now on a Summer break. We will be back in rehearsals on Monday 19 August, so if you are interested in joining please do come along then. There is no audition, no requirement for perfect pitch, you just need to come along and join in. We are always open to new members and you are guaranteed a warm welcome and some cake.
FAMILY FUN DAY
While the choir are taking a well-earned break over the summer, we took the chance to have a stall at HMS Neptune's Families Day event. Playing to our strengths, we had a great selection of cakes for sale, but we also set up stocks and gave people the opportunity to soak either a choir member or a willing member of the public. Many thanks to everyone who contributed, by supplying goods and manning the stall, buying cakes or donating cash, and special thanks to the brave "targets" in the stocks.
The choir was delighted and honoured to be asked once again to perform in the D-Day 75th Anniversary concert organised by Helensburgh Rotary Club in aid of Help for Heroes and the RNRMC. In a joint program with HMS Neptune volunteer swing band, the audience were treated to an evening of joy and tears. We presented a mixture of old favorites and new repertoire, and showcased three songs from the album "Remember". Just click on the picture opposite to hear our rendition of "Carry Me", a song written especially for the Military Wives Choirs’ World War 1 commemoration album by the fabulous Adam Langston, a renowned film composer and orchestrator. His song is a testament to those left behind who have to not only hold everything together when life has changed so dramatically, but also move forward and create new memories.
Five members of the choir took part in the 2019 Kiltwalk in order to help spread the word about the SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity. Congratulations to them and everyone else who took part.
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OUR LATEST ALBUM
We’re absolutely delighted to announce that our new album, ‘Remember’, commemorating 100 years since the end of World War 1, is out now!
This commemorative album tells the Military Wives Choirs’ unique story in collaboration with military musicians from across the three services through a combination of exciting new compositions and traditional songs, to mark the centenary of the end of World War 1.
The thousand voices appearing on this album represent the families at home and those who served, both then and now.
Get your copy now, available from HMV and other independent outlets or online at Amazon: http://smarturl.it/MWCRemember
WE MADE IT
In 2016 West of Scotland Military Wives Choir recorded two songs for the album "Home For Christmas" which reached number 2 in the classical charts in that year and re-entered the chart in December 2017. 63 choirs and over 1000 singers were recorded and we were all delighted and very proud of the end result. The album features a mixture of traditional carols and new lyrics set to well-loved tunes. You can see us in action here
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR
The West of Scotland Military Wives Choir has had another inspirational year. In 2017 we took part in many performances, including;
"Military Lives, Now and Then" Exhibition, Bellshill Cultural Centre (February);
Charity fund raising event, Faslane (April);
Field Gun Display, Helensburgh (May);
D-Day remembrance concert, Helensburgh (June);
Fair in the Square, Helensburgh (June);
Simba Event, Provan Hall, Glasgow (August)
Scottish War Blinded dinner, Stirling (September)
Autumn Concert, Largs (October)
Rembrance Concert, Helensburgh (November)
M&Co MWC range launch, Helensburgh (December)
Carol Concert, Helensburgh, Faslane (December)
SSAFA Carol Concert, Stirling (December)
Lochside Care Home, Helensburgh (December)
We have again supported a diverse variety of charities throughout this past year, including SSAFA, The Scottish War Blinded, HMS Neptune Royal Naval Volunteer Band and SIMBA, assisting them in raising thousands of pounds for very worthy causes. The work of these charities ranges from providing memory boxes for bereaved parents to giving lifelong support for forces families. The choir has created strong links with our local care homes, with the majority (if not all) members feeling they are our favourite performances of the year.
We kicked off 2018 with a flash mob performance at the "MacTuff" event at Knockhill Racing Circuit, followed a week later by recording our songs for the next Military Wives Choir album, to be released later in the year, commemorating the end of The Great War.
We enter our sixth year looking forwards to the challenges ahead and knowing that "togther we are stronger"