Monday, December 24, 2012

Wherever You Are (Military Wives with Gareth Malone) Official Video

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  1. DID YOU SEE THE SERIES THAT LEAD UP TO THIS IN THE STATES?? IT WAS A MOVING EXPERIENCE, THE WHOLE THING. WOMEN WHO HAD NO BELIEF IN THEMSELVES DID THIS. INSPIRATIONAL STUFF REALLY. (I hit the caps lock.) Happy Christmas once again. Tony

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  2. No, I didn't see it. Do you have a link?

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  3. I don't think I can send a link, Mary.It was produced by the BBC.
    Choir master, Gareth Mallone went into an army camp in Wiltshire just as the men were flying out to Afghanistan.They were Royal Marines. He discovered that the women were psychologically in a bad way and apart from those who met at the camps creche , kindergarten and local junior school,, there weren't many opportunities for them to socialise while their men were away. He suggested setting up a choir. The women grew from their isolation and lack of confidence in themselves into an amazing choir trained and formed by Gareth. A composer friend of Gareth's who had written one of the hymns at the recent Royal Wedding wrote a song for the women based on letters they wrote to their husbands on active duty. All the words and lines in the song come from their letters. The song was sung at the Royal Albert Hall to the Queen and the Royal family. They went to Downing Street and sang it to David Cameron. They reached the number one single in Britain last Christmas and Gareth was awarded the Britsh award for a new classical single. There are now 75 army wives choirs throughout different army bases in this country. It really is a very moving story. The development of the women in the process brought tears to my eyes anyway. There were a couple of fatalities in Afghanistan amongst the women's husbands during the making of the song The women were determined to continue. I cried. I mean it, I really cried.

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  4. This is such a moving and sad story. My son-in-law is a veteran of the First Gulf War and was medically discharged. It still affects him, but he came home!!! I wish this damned war was over.

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