Defence Academy Military Wives Choir mark the end of World War 1

16 November 2018 / Categories: DA News and Events

The Defence Academy Military Wives Choir which was formed in 2012 by military wife and music director Anna Vincent-Hill joined the nation to commemorate the end of World War One.

The Defence Academy Military Wives Choir which was formed in 2012 by military wife and music director Anna Vincent-Hill joined the nation to commemorate the end of World War One.

The group performed at various locations across the county to mark this momentous occasion, singing at Cardiff Castle to mark the opening of the Welsh National Fields of Remembrance on 7th November; an event run by Royal British Legion (RBL), singing with Cardiff Military Wives Choir.

Music Director Anna said:

“The choir is extremely honoured to be part of the commemorations to mark 100 years since then end of the First World War. It’s always an honour to be involved and more so this year as the event took on an additional poignancy as the nation marks 100 years since the signing of the Armistice which ended the war on the Western Front at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918.”

The 8 November saw the choir perform at Watchfield Primary School followed by a performance at Lydiard Park, on 9 November a RBL event opening the Fields of Remembrance, Swindon. 

Current serving choir member, Major Pam Buttifant said:

“This was a great way to pay tribute to all those who lost their lives during one the bloodiest wars in our history. We are a group of people who love to sing, who are there for one another through tough times and always supportive of each other. It’s more than just singing; it’s making friends, meeting new people and getting involved.”

Their final performance concluded on 11 November at Faringdon Council Remembrance Dinner, Faringdon, attended by local veterans.

Anna adds:

“Anyone with a military connection can join the choir. It doesn’t matter if you’ve ever sung, never sung, haven’t sung for 20 years, come along. If you are a woman with a military connection, find your local choir and get in touch. The first and foremost thing is the community of the choir, the fun and the enjoyment”

The choir meet every Monday and Thursday, Jubilee Community Centre, Monday 1100 – 1230hrs (babies and toddlers welcome) and Thursdays 1930 – 2130 (term time).

For further information on the choir, visit: defenceacademy@militarywiveschoirs.org or visit their Facebook page: Defence Academy Military Wives Choir - https://www.facebook.com/DefenceAcademyMWC/

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