Long periods of deployment often mean being left to get on with life alone, without the support of your spouse, partner or loved family member. As everyone across our unique community knows all too well, that’s when the challenges can really begin. The team from the Military Wives Choirs (MWC) tell us how joining voices with others can help you to feel stronger…
“IT goes without saying, that literally everything breaks, leaks, and generally goes wrong as soon as our military partners go away,” said choir member Dionne.
With a core repertoire of heartfelt and uplifting music, and fun recognisable pieces to raise spirits during times of struggle, weekly rehearsals become a vital constant in a very changeable life.
Camaraderie and friendship are but a few of the benefits found at every event and meet up. Members share and encourage the charity’s key mission; to sing, share and support one another.
With 75 choirs and more than 2,300 members in British military bases across the UK and overseas, MWC is a charity that brings all women, not just wives, in the military community closer together and empowers them through singing.
Scientific research shows that singing in a choir can alleviates stress and contributes to an improvement in mental health.
One member added: “I love the huge sense of achievement and pride I feel when we sing together.”
The choirs deliver welfare in the form of wellbeing and music that is heard far beyond rehearsals.
Through funding and continued support from ambassadors in the music industry, members have achieved extraordinary milestones, including the recording of several albums – the latest, Remember, is inspired by their own words.
The celebrated choirs also undertook more than 800 live performances at events for both military and wider communities during 2019 alone.
Any woman whose life is affected by her military connection can join. No auditions are necessary and a warm welcome awaits from women who understand your life.
Visit militarywiveschoirs.org to take your first step. #singsharesupport