2012 saw the formation of the Marham Bluebirds, Military Wives Choir. We have had a very busy year so far!
In recent months, the Marham Bluebirds, Military Wives Choir have gone from strength to strength, with numbers steadily swelling; we have done things we never would have dreamt of a year ago.
As the first RAF choir to be part of the Military Wives Choirs Foundation, the first thing we were involved in was the recording of the official Jubilee single; ‘Sing’ at Abbey Road Studios. The song was written by Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber, with the involvement of Gareth Malone. It was a huge honour for six of our girls to be both involved with recording the song and then later to perform the single at the Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace – for Her Majesty The Queen. Following on from this, we have been delighted to be a part of the recording of several songs for the new Military Wives Choir album – ‘Stronger Together’, including a single of the same name. The album is out on November 5th and we can’t wait!
In September, we travelled down to London along with 700 members from the other 40 military wives choirs from across the country and Cyprus and Germany to record the video for ‘Stronger Together’. Following on from this at the beginning of October, six members of the Bluebirds travelled again to London to appear live on the Classic BRIT Awards 2012, in a performance of ‘Sing’, along with Gary Barlow, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Gareth Malone. It was an absolute privilege to be a part of this and to sing with the other choirs. This new version of the single will also appear on the new album.
It has been a very exciting year, including special appearances at the Battle of Britain Remembrance Service in Norwich County Hall, and the unveiling of Peterborough’s new War Memorial, and with lots more in the pipeline, being a Bluebird is all go at the moment! The charity concert at Tattersall’s is something we are also incredibly excited about.
The choir is a friendly and fun bunch of ladies and we welcome wives/partners and girlfriends of military personnel based at RAF Marham, as well as servicewomen themselves. There is a constitution which the choir adheres to and interested parties do need to complete a registration form if, after a couple of sessions, they feel the choir is for them. The choir would love to see some new faces!
Meetings are held on a Tuesday evening from 7.30pm onwards at the Chaplaincy Centre.
More information on MBMWC can be found on their website: www.marhambluebirds.co.uk, or Email the Founder/Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tattersall’s Newmarket event has now been confirmed for Friday, November 16th. Details as follows: Tickets are available at £25 each. Includes a champagne reception at 6.30pm, ready for a 7.30pm start. Dress code: smart – jackets if possible for men. Men do not need to wear a tie.