Literary & Acoustic Tent – 2:30pm – Sunday
The Culdrose Military Wives Choir, attached to RNAS Culdrose in Helston, is one of the longest standing in the international network that now comprises 75 choirs, in the UK and at bases abroad. Inspired by Gareth Malone͛s success on TV series ͚The Choir͛ at military bases in Devon, Culdrose’s choir was formed in May 2012.
Since then, it’s membership has more than doubled and the choir has performed on Cornwall͛s most eminent stages and many of the county’s major events. The Culdrose branch of the famous network has contributed to two of the three Military Wives Choirs albums; ‘Stronger Together’ in 2012, which reached no.5 in the UK album chart, and a seasonal collection of carols titled ‘Home for Christmas’ in 2016. Today the choir includes wives and partners of serving personnel based at RNAS Culdrose and some that are ship-based out of Plymouth and Portsmouth. Their members have come from all three services at one time or another, though the vast majority is from the Royal Navy. They also boast members that are themselves in service or have previously served, along with veterans͛ spouses and civilians working in the MoD.
The Military Wives Choir principle is to bring together groups of women that help one another through the bad times, celebrate the good times and sing their way through it together.The one downside to this wonderful phenomenon is that the choir must often bid farewell to members when the family is redrafted. It is of great reassurance to the spouse that there will be another friendly choir awaiting them at their next base, and equally a very warm welcome awaits new joiners to Culdrose.
The Culdrose Military Wives Choir benefits from the talented leadership of Peter Luing. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Peter is a highly-qualified musician who is known in Cornwall for his tenures as Head of Music at Mounts Bay Academy, Musical Director of Kidz R Us and playing for the seven choirs in Cornwall Community Choirs.