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By DAVID BLACKMORE
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
They were hoping to rule Supreme by storming to top of the album chart in their first week and say they have No Regrets at missing out to popstar Robbie Williams.
But now the Marham Bluebirds Military Wives Choir hope their efforts on the new Military Wives album, Stronger Together, will reach the summit this Sunday following Remembrance Sunday.
The album, which has Marham choir members singing on three tracks, was released last Monday but finished fifth in last week’s album chart behind the Take That star, JLS, Calvin Harris and violinist Andre Rieu.
Nicola Holder, the choir’s spokesperson, said: “We were hoping it would number one this weekend with it being Remembrance Sunday.
“But we were up against the likes of Robbie Williams and JLS so it was always going to be tough and we are not too disappointed.
“We are just pleased to have got into the top five in the album chart – something none of us thought we would be able to celebrate when we formed earlier this year.
“We are hoping, however, as it gets nearer to Christmas, it will go up the charts and might even stand a good chance of being number one this week after Remembrance Sunday.”
She added the choir also have high hopes for the single Stronger Together, which will be released later this year and features Marham soloist Amy Skelton.
Consisting of the wives, partners and girlfriends of personnel based at RAF Marham and servicewomen, the choir only formed in January but was quickly invited to join the Military Wives Choir Foundation.
Some of the choir’s members then went to Abbey Road in London in March to take part in the recording of Sing, which was written for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The choir also joined ten other choirs to perform Sing last month at the Classic BRIT Awards 2012, alongside Gareth Malone, Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The choir has also helped the Military Wives to break the world record for the biggest ever video shoot in music history, shooting the video for the title track Stronger Together.
The Military Wives won the hearts of the nation after appearing with Mr Malone on the BBC Two series The Choir: Military Wives last year, and continue to go from strength to strength.
From the original 100 choir members who featured on the Christmas number one single, the Military Wives have expanded almost eight times their original size to 760 members from British military communities at home and overseas.
The Military Wives second album is a follow-up to number one album In My Dreams and features the wives’ own version of Take That’s Rule The World.
The album unites 24 military choirs – including the Marham Bluebirds MWC – with mentor and television choirmaster Gareth Malone who wrote some of the songs performed by the choir.
Stronger Together was recorded over 20 days by a mobile recording team who covered a distance of 4,500 miles, taking in choirs in Germany and Cyprus.
A minimum donation of £1 per album sold at full price in the UK will be paid to the Military Wives Choirs Foundation, which supports and funds individual choirs and helps bring them together for national projects
For more information about the choir and upcoming performances visit www.marhambluebirds.co.uk. You can also follow the choir on Twitter @MarhamMWC.