The choir meets every Tuesday evening from 7-9 pm however we are currently on a break for summer and will return in September. Come along and see what a friendly bunch we are!
Wattisham Military Wives Choir is a fabulous group of wives and girlfriends of personnel serving at Wattisham Flying Station, Suffolk.
We have around fifty choir members and meet up weekly to sing a range of uplifting songs, gossip and forget about life for a couple of hours.
We were asked to open the entertainment for Armed Forces weekend in Felixstowe, Suffolk on Saturday 24th June at 11.05. We had planned a great set with some war tunes, medley’s and some core songs. The sun was shining, the sea was swaying and the ice creams were flowing !
Unfortunately the introductions to the event took longer than anticipated and half way through us singing stronger together we were rudely interrupted by some gunfire ! The Dutch invasion had begun 5 minutes earlier than planned and as we tried to carry on singing the gunfire got louder and most of our audience made their way to the sea front to watch the invasion on the beach.
Needless to say we were thrown of the stage without having finished our set which was even more so disappointing as we had drafted someone in especially to play the flute for “Whisper of Angels”. We did not get to sing that song.
On a serious note though we were honoured to be asked to sing at the opening of the weekends celebrations and the local council and organisers had done an incredible job organising the event. There was lots to do for young and old with lots of entertainment and re-enactments planned.
We cannot wait to see what they have planned for next year !
Following our album recording session in Colchester back in September, Wattisham Military Wives Choir enjoyed the privilege of performing at Norwich Cathedral on 26th November as part of the network-wide ‘Home For Christmas’ tour. Also appearing at the event were Honington and Marham Military Wives Choirs. Your very own choir features on two of the album songs: Home for Christmas and O Holy Night, both of which were also performed at the Cathedral. We wish to express gratitude to our fantastic Music Director, Jennie Francis who arranged many of the songs we performed. One of our members commented afterwards, “It was an amazing evening. I especially loved singing with the cathedral organ – it gave me goosebumps!”
Although it has been a fun experience, the main purpose of our choir is to provide a network of friends who enjoy singing together. Because we are together every week, we are able to act as a support to each other. New people are welcomed and begin to feel at home almost straight away.
The Wattisham Military Wives Choir feature on the third Military Wives Choirs album “Home for Christmas” which was released in November 2017. There are no plans as yet for a further album but we keep our fingers crossed and hope for another one very soon.