Singing at the Jubilee Concert with the girls from Wattisham Military Wives Choir was such an amazing opportunity and one that I shall remember forever. Singing the Jubilee song ‘Sing’, as part of the Commonwealth Band was a once in a lifetime moment and being a member of Wattisham Military Wives Choir has given the wives the chance to do something meaningful whilst our husbands are away. Being part of a choir has really fuelled my love of singing and hearing the fantastic sound we have all achieved, after only four months, is remarkable and I am very much looking forward to our upcoming choir performances.
When I joined Wattisham Military Wives Choir back in January I did not imagine for one minute that I would be performing for the Queen at the Diamond Jubilee concert! Performing with all the other choirs was amazing and we all felt like one big family. I am so proud to be a military wife and be recognised by the public for the job we do. I would not have it any other way.
It was such an honour to be part of such a huge celebration and something that will never again be repeated (certainly not in our lifetime I imagine!). To see that sea of faces and flags stretching out as far as the eye could see was a phenomenal experience, and although I was just a tiny part of it, the memories I have will always be so special.
After we had sung ‘Sing’ some of us were coming back from the stage, some were in the dressing room, and a few of us were standing outside our dressing room, wondering what the plan was! I was chatting to one of the other ladies when an unmistakeable Amercan voice drawled ‘Military Wiiiiives’! We looked around and Tom Hanks had stopped and looked like he was waiting to be mobbed!! However, as we were all over the place, it was just Cate, me and another lady from Portsmouth around – I couldn’t believe my luck – an actual Hollywood God was standing RIGHT NEXT TO ME!!!
I told him my phone had died (damn it!) and he told me it must be a pretty rubbish phone, which I obviously agreed with (iPhones, eh?!). Then the other lady from Portsmouth asked if he would record a message for the son of another choir member who needs a bone marrow transplant – on her phone with a battery that hadn’t died – grrrrr. I offered to film them both, to which Tom replied ‘great idea’ – I wilted!! SOOOO, it was quite dark, and all I could see was Tom’s silhouette, so I told him it was no good, he’d have to move. ‘ahhhh, you need more light, huh?, let’s go over here, how’s this?’ came his reply. So, eventually I found myself climbing up the steps to the men’s Portaloo’s (‘I can’t go in there’ said I, ‘sure you can’ came his reply’). I got into position, no more than a foot from his face, and when he was ready said ‘aaaaand go’ (should have said ‘action’!!!!). He recorded his message, then when he finished said it had been his pleasure. I couldn’t believe I had been directed by, and then I had directed, an Oscar winning actor/director – utterly bonkers!
As he wandered away, all I could think about (apart from what a nice man he was) was DAMN MY PHONE!!!!!