SINGING military wives from Portsmouth are celebrating their achievements after a string of performances and musical recordings.
The Portsmouth Military Wives Choir, which covers the city and all surrounding areas, is now the third largest group of its kind in the country.
And they were stunned to receive a standing ovation from a packed crowd at their last performance in the Ely Cathedral, Cambridge, last month.
They were performing a charity concert with the band of HM Royal Marines Portsmouth.
Choir member Emma Dineen, 43, from Hill Head, said: ‘It was amazing and it was bonding for the choir.
‘There was a lot of pressure because we wanted to put on a wonderful performance because the band was there and they are brilliant.
‘It was really emotional for us, having achieved so much in such a short space of time.
‘A lady came up to us when we were rehearsing and told us she was a military widow and she thought what we had done was amazing.
‘She had us in tears.’
The ladies sang in front of a sell-out audience of 1,200 at the cathedral on July 20.
The choir’s new musical director, Ben Charles, said: ‘It was a great moment for me and a real stepping stone for the choir to know we are capable of great things.
‘I could not have been more proud of the ladies.’
The performance was the icing on the cake for the singers, who have recently performed at the Portsmouth Festivities, HMS Sultan, HMS Collingwood, and on the Olympic Torch relay.
They have also recorded a track for the second album of TV choirmaster Gareth Malone’s national Military Wives Choir.
It will be released later this year.
They are now taking a month’s rest before putting on more performances later this year.
Anyone who wants to join the choir should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.