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RAF Marham Bluebirds Military Wives Choir

Marham Military Children’s Choir

‘New Members Afternoon’ in the Chaplaincy Centre in Upper Marham
at 5.30 pm
Come along for free

If you have enjoyed singing with us, we rehearse every Thursday at 5.30 pm
In the Chaplaincy Centre

Parents must sign their children in and out. Drinks are available to parents when staying
Please try to arrive before 5.30 pm to sign in
Your child will be able to get a drink before we start

Marham Bluebirds Military Wives Choir (MBMWC) was formed in January 2012, having been inspired by the BBC’s ‘The Choir: Military Wives’ with Gareth Malone. The choir consists of wives/ partners and girlfriends of military personnel based at RAF Marham, as well as service women

Not long after the Marham Choir was set up, it was invited to join the Military Wives Choir Foundation. This is an organisation set up by the ‘original’ Military Wives Choirs at both RMB Chivenor and Plymouth. The aim of the Foundation is to offer advice, support and opportunities to
other ‘fledgling’ choirs in setting up.

Through the Foundation, Marham Bluebirds MWC has recently had the honour of being involved in the making of the Jubilee Song, ‘Sing!’ to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

This project involved much excited secrecy and an incognito visit to Abbey Road Studios! Some of the choir members recorded the track, with ladies from nine other Military Wives Choirs, under the masterful direction of Gareth Malone and the finely tuned ear of Gary Barlow.

On 4th June, Choir Members from MBMWC joined their friends from Wattisham, Catterick, Chivenor, Plymouth, Lympstone, Portsmouth, Salisbury Plain, Warminster and Shrivenham Choirs to perform ‘Sing!’ at the Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace. This was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity, and the whole of Marham Bluebirds were excited and supportive of those ladies that took

In more recent events, the Bluebirds were fortunate enough to be part of the recording of the Military Wives’ second album, titled ‘Stronger Together’ – which will be released in November. The album features performances from upwards of 40 choirs (750 women) from not only the UK, but Cyprus and Germany too, and shows the progression and strength of both the choirs and the Foundation. The choir also features on the new single, of the same name, with Bluebird Amy Skelton taking a solo part! All round, these are exciting times for the Marham Bluebirds right now!

The Bluebirds’ own aims as a choir are to promote support amongst our members; participate in fundraising events and concerts; use music to share cultures and experiences, and to strengthen the bond between military and civilian communities. Most importantly, the choir is incredibly proud of their RAF links and wishes to portray as positive an image of military families as they possibly can.

The choir is a welcoming, friendly and fun bunch of ladies and all others meeting the above requirements are able to come along to practices whenever they are on. 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!

Adults meetings are held on a Tuesday evening from 7.30 pm onwards at the Chaplaincy Centre.

More information on MBMWC can be found on their website: www.marhambluebirds.co.uk