I awoke to grey skies and drizzly rain. Not the start I had hoped for on the day our choir was to be singing at the Suffolk Show! Luckily we were not due to be singing until 4pm so there was hope that the weather would improve; even if it did not, I knew our ladies would be trying to bring some sunshine to the day with our new program of songs.
Many of us drifted to the show at our own pace, arriving often in our dresses and wellies to enjoy what the Suffolk Show had to offer for adults and children alike. My own son loves all the animals and couldn’t wait to be giving the cute little ducklings a cuddle.
Time marched on and our choir gathered in the Military zone beside the iconic Apache helicopter. Last minute changes to outfits were made, makeup applied and warm ups begun. Nerves were kicking in and we were ready to take the stage . A short walk to the Director’s garden brought us to our stage. And what a stage…it must have been the smallest we have had to squeeze on – about 20 ladies and our wonderful MD Birgitta and her keyboard! We were going to have to be up close and personal with one another. All that ceased to matter as soon as we heard the opening bars of our first song and began what we so enjoy doing – singing !
We opened with ‘Stronger Together’, the MWC song that sums up everything our choir is about. Always close to our heart, bringing back fond memories of the day when we recorded the song, and the day we recorded the video for the song in London. The next twenty minutes flew by as we sang our way through our new program of songs, including the evocative ‘Eyes of a Child’ and the upbeat, tongue-twisting ‘All for the best’ from the musical Godspell. Looking into the audience as we sang that I saw many grinning faces and, like Hadleigh, that seemed to get our biggest round of applause. We ended with a song synonymous with military wives choirs across the country, ‘Wherever you are’. It was a fitting finale to our program and one we hoped everyone who heard it enjoyed.
It was so lovely afterwards to hear people thank us for singing and offer us compliments; we would like to thank all of you for supporting us. And for being so hospitable on the day, I would like to offer a big thank you to the ladies who made us tea and supplied extremely yummy cakes as refreshment once we had finished performing.