ABOUT THE CHOIR
History of the Choir
The Culdrose Military Wives Choir is Cornwall’s only branch and one of the longest standing in the international network that now comprises 75 choirs, in the UK and at bases abroad.
In May 2012, a group of women attached to RNAS Culdrose in Helston came together to form a choir, inspired by Gareth Malone’s success on TV series ‘The Choir’ at military bases in Devon. The choir has since doubled in size, and has performed at some of Cornwall’s most prestigious events, including community festivals as well as formal concerts to sell-out audiences at the Hall for Cornwall.
From the humble beginnings of a choir that had little musical experience, the choir has become a tight team that now creates beautiful musical performances covering varied repertoire. The ladies are invited to perform at venues the length and breadth of Cornwall, and have great fun doing so.
Early in their formation, the choir joined with 23 others in the network to record the album ‘Stronger Together’, which reached no.5 in the UK chart. The title track has become the choir’s anthem, telling of the support network that the group provides in challenging times.
The Military Wives Choir principle is to bring together groups of women that help one another through the bad times, celebrate the good times and sing their way through it together.
Today the choir includes wives and partners of serving personnel based at RNAS Culdrose and some that are ship-based out of Plymouth and Portsmouth. Their members have come from all three services at one time or another, though the vast majority is from the Royal Navy. They also boast members that are themselves in service or have previously served, along with veterans’ spouses and civilians working in the military community.
The one downside to this wonderful phenomenon is that the choir must often bid farewell to members when the family is redrafted. It is of great reassurance to the spouse that there will be another friendly choir awaiting them at their next base, and equally a very warm welcome awaits new joiners to Culdrose.
Photos from our performances and rehearsals during the last year.
CHOIR MEMBER STORIES
More than singing, choir can be an anchor during the twists and turns of military life
Deborah’s Story: Canada to Cornwall
by Deborah, Sop1 in Culdrose MWC If you had told me 10 years ago that I would be living the life that I am now I would have laughed you into next week! Becoming a military wife (in my fifties!) all started with me reconnecting, falling in love and marrying my husband Philip. We had been married 2 years when an Out of Canada posting opportunity to Cornwall, England came up and after a conversation with our four grown daughters we decided to go for it. Leaving Canada, our daughters, family and moving to England in my first military move was a big step. I knew when making the decision to leave Canada and move across the Atlantic that I would like living in England. What I didn’t know is that I would LOVE living in England! I also knew that my experience would depend on how much I put into it, but I had never in a million years thought that a choir was in my future! We arrived in Cornwall August 3, 2013 and moved in to our PMQ on the 16th. It took a few weeks to get the house in order and I remember one […]
JOIN THE CHOIR
The Culdrose Military Wives Choir warmly welcomes new members.
No experience is necessary and there is no audition – just come along and enjoy singing with other ladies in a fun and relaxed group.
Membership is open to serving females and wives, partners, girlfriends and immediate family of serving and retired personnel.
Get in touch to find out more!
The Culdrose Military Wives Choir benefits from the talented leadership of Peter Luing. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Peter is a highly-qualified musician who is known in Cornwall for his tenures as Head of Music at Mounts Bay Academy, Musical Director of Kidz R Us and playing for the seven choirs in Cornwall Community Choirs. Presently Peter is Musical Director at St Ives Parish Church and a lecturer in piano at Falmouth University whilst teaching the instrument from his studio in Hayle.
received from audience members
“So enjoyed your performance last night at HFC, thought you were absolutely outstanding. Thank you ladies.”
“You sang a piece – ‘Proud’ this evening. You certainly should be proud of your performance tonight. You were a great pleasure to listen to, representing a lot of hard work and dedication. Well done!”
GET IN TOUCH
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