Well being part of the WMWC continues to be a whirlwind! On Saturday 8th September we had our first concert at St Peter and St Mary’s church in Stowmarket in aid of the Royal British Legion.
We were told before we arrived that over 200 people had brought tickets to see us so we were all very excited, dressed in our new dresses, shoes and jewellery we all felt very fab indeed! (although I was rather nervous, this will become clear why later on!!) When we all got to the church there were people queuing out into the road and around the corner to get in (We did at this point ask if there were lots of other people performing too, as we couldnt believe that many people would come to see us!) All in all there were just over 300 people crammed into the church to see us that night, so we all thought we better put on a good show!
The song we opened with was Journeys ‘Don’t stop believing’ its a great one to start with as we can all never stop ourselves from dancing and smiling like loons when we sing it! After the first song was out of the way we all relaxed a bit into our next song ‘Hallelujah’ which I must say sounded magical in the accoustics of the church. Next was a new song to us that we have recently been learning which is Take Thats’ ‘Rule the World’ which is a great one to belt out! We then went into the song that started the whole Military Wives Choirs off, Paul Mealors ‘Wherever you are’ I must say alot of us get really emotional singing this song and on saturday was no exception, the lyrics to the song are so beautiful, we hope we did it justice! From there we went into our Queen Medley which I love and all of us dancing around and clapping was a great way to end for the interval.
During our break a local Soprano called Marie-Therese Cunningham performed a few of her faviourite songs, she was fab and had us all in fits of laughter with some of her songs!
We went back on after the interval and sang another of our new songs 9-5 by Dolly Parton, its a really quick song and gets us all back dancing about! Next was yet another new song (You get the idea, we are forever learning new songs!!) Perfect Day by Lou Reed, I must admit when we first started learning this one I never thought it would sound as good as it does, it really is beautiful. After that was the turn of an Abba classic, Mamma Mia, this was the first song we ever started learning, feels like we’ve been performing it forever!! At this point I started to feel very nervous as I had solo pieces in the next two songs, the first ‘I will Follow Him’ from sister act is such a great upbeat song and always feels like its over in a second, when we were waiting to do our final song ‘Sing’ I was really nervous and started to feel sick, being a tall soprano I always end up on an end, and at this concert I was behind alot of people. When I came to the microphone at the front it suddenly hit me how many people were in front of me! When I looked around me I realised I was surrounded by friends, and our fab choir master has given me so much confidence since we started, thank you MD, I was very pleased and proud of us all in the end.
Lastly we sang Land of Hope and Glory and the National Anthem and it was amazing to see so many people singing along and waving their flags, we left the stage to a Standing ovation, it was an incredible feeling and to know we were singing for such a great cause made it all the more special.
You can see us perform again this saturday (22nd Sept) in Thetford, were really excited for it!