Summer Proms at Warwick Castle Air Cadets meet the Military Wives Choir
When the Nuneaton based Air Cadets volunteered to help out with the SSAFA Collection at the Warwick Castle Summer Proms they knew that the Military Wives Choir were going to be performing.
Never in their wildest dreams did they ever think that they would actually get backstage to meet the choir.
This years Summer Proms concert at Warwick Castle on the 14 July was held in support of our armed forces and the team of Air Cadets from 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron were invited to attend to help out with the fundraising for SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen & Families Association) and the RBL (Royal British Legion).
During the evening, the ever popular Warwick Castle Summer Proms, celebrated the very best of British with the famous Royal Philharmonic Concert orchestra and the star soloists Janet Mooney. One of the highlights of the event came when an original WWII Spitfire performed a breathtaking aerobatic display. But it was the special evocative performance by The Military Wives Choir which topped the bill for the Air Cadets from 121 Squadron who had followed the rise to fame of the Military Wives since their appearance in the heartwarming BBC Two series, The Choir.
The cadets couldn't wait until the start of the concert to hear the Military Wives Choir perform their emotive charity single, Wherever You Are, which went to number one in the charts at Christmas. So imagine the excitement when two of the Military Wives visited the Air Cadet stall and invited the youngsters back stage to meet the whole Choir from the Royal Marines base in Chivenor, Devon .
Nuneaton Air Cadet, Corporal William Mott, the Squadron's self professed number one fan of the Military Wives Choir said, “I couldn't believe it we actually got backstage to meet the choir. It was amazing we all got together for a group photograph and I got to talk to soloists Samantha Stevenson and Nicky Scott as well as the other members of the choir. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I would actually get to meet the choir.”
Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron said, “It really was a treat to be able to meet the group of women brought together by choirmaster Gareth Malone to form the Chivenor based Military Wives Choir during the BBC television series. They are a wonderful and inspirational group of girls who so obviously enjoy delighting audiences all over the country and helping to raise much needed funds for military charities. They most definitely took a shine to our Corporal William Mott, at one point I didn't think they were going to give him back”.
He added, “Not forgetting why we were invited to attend the proms in the first place, we were also, as ever, delighted to be able to help SSAFA and the RBL with their collection and to be able to do our bit to help ex-service personnel and their families”.