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Stafford's Military Wives Choir celebrates concert success

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: August 26, 2014

  • Stafford Military Wives Choir and their musical director at St Mary's

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MEMBERS of Stafford’s newest choir are celebrating a triumphant start to their concert career.

The Military Wives Choir from MoD Stafford sang to a packed audience at the town’s St Mary’s Church on Saturday morning in their first full-length concert since they got together less than a year ago.

Choir chairwoman Sheryl Godwin said they were delighted with the success of the event.

“I’m really proud of how hard our ladies have worked and how well they have done,” she said.

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Mrs Godwin launched the choir last autumn after moving to Stafford from RAF Benson with her husband Dave, a flight lieutenant with RAF Tactical Supply Wing.

“We are quite a small choir compared with the one at Benson, which had 60 members, but we are growing,” she said.

“The Stafford choir has given me 20 new friends that I can phone up if I need a hug, and the support we give each other is amazing.

“And it’s a very inclusive choir - only four of us can read music, and if you can sing in the bath, you’re in!”

Future music events at St Mary’s include a charity concert by choir member and former Blessed William Howard sixth former Hanako Ichii-Jones and friends on September 6 at 7.30pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcome to help fund Hanako’s gap year of charity work in Tanzania.

Former Britain’s Got Talent finalist Jean Martyn is performing on September 11 and Stafford folk group Fish From Oblivion will be giving a concert in aid of Tanzanian health charities at the church on September 27.

And the Stafford Military Wives will be back at St Mary’s on the evening of November 15 for a concert in aid of the Friends of St Mary’s.

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