RAF High Wycombe Military Wives Choir
Back in May a message appeared on the High Wycombe Wives Facebook group. ‘Brand New Choir RAF High Wycombe – RAF High Wycombe personnel and Dependants come along and let your voices take flight!’
Megan Tanner, a Musical Director and Founder of ‘From Vision 2 Voice’ had contacted the Community Development Officer, Dani Bowman, about setting up a Wives Choir. A lot of discussion followed and it was with some trepidation that 10 of us went along for that first ‘taster session’ on Friday 22nd June to meet Megan and see if we could become a choir.
At this point I am very tempted to ‘skip to the end’; to announce that after 7 weeks of rehearsals we now have our first booking but that would be doing Megan and the choir ladies an injustice.
So back to that very first meeting; I don’t really think any of us were expecting to actually ‘sing’. There was no audition, a desire to give it a go and have fun was all that was needed but there we were, warming up our voices and preparing to ‘try’ to sing a medley. So then we sang….. I am not sure who was more surprised, Megan or us! There were certainly a few moments not dissimilar to that scene in Sister Act where the choir discover they can sing!
So now we knew we had the makings of a choir and made arrangements to meet the following Wednesday. Then it got just a bit more exciting….Megan emailed us. Impressed by our very first meeting and our enthusiasm she contacted the Military Wives Choir Foundation to register us. We are very proud that we can say we are RAF High Wycombe Military Wives Choir.
We are open to all ladies over 18 with a Service connection; Wives, daughters, sisters, mums and Service women and although we are RAF High Wycombe Choir we have a member from the Defence School of Languages at Beaconsfield and a lady who lives at RAF Halton whose husband works at HQ Air Command.
So now, 7 weeks later we have our places in the choir; know about Alto’s and Sop’s, can sing 3 part harmonies, visualise the notes and control our diaphragms (to varying degrees of success and lots of laughter). As I am writing this we are coming to the end of our summer break. We have been rehearsing at home as Megan sends us our music and lyrics by email, and we need to keep on track as when we meet back in September it will only be 4 weeks until we make our debut; at the RAF High Wycombe SSAFA Forces Help Big Brew Up.
We are always looking for more ladies to join us. We meet on a Wednesday evening 7pm – 8.30pm in the Station Church, 3 Site. Come along for a FREE taster session (£6/week payable in 6 week blocks thereafter). Look out for the posters around the station or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. You can also find us on Facebook ‘RAF High Wycombe Military Wives Choir’ or on Twitter @RAFHighWycMWC.
As I have said before; you don’t have to be ‘able’ to sing, just a desire to give it a go and to have fun at the same time!