Military wives choir to sing at Queen’s concert

Picture of the now 60-strong Portsmouth Military Wives Choir from the Portsmouth area
Picture of the now 60-strong Portsmouth Military Wives Choir from the Portsmouth area
Share this article
David Curwen, centre, hugs his mother with whom he wa sreunited. Completing the group is his brother Keith

THIS WEEK IN 1975: Reunited after 30 years – but only thanks to a kind stranger

Have your say

THEY have already lent their voices to a chart-topping album led by TV choirmaster Gareth Malone.

Now the singing military wives of Portsmouth, Fareham and Gosport are preparing to sing for the Queen at her Diamond Jubilee party on Monday.

Nine members of the Portsmouth Military Wives Choir joined Gary Barlow and Gareth Malone in the famous Abbey Road studios in London to record another album.

Next, the ladies will take to the stage at Buckingham Palace to sing with the stars.

The choir’s spokeswoman, Sarah Kiff, said: ‘Going to record at Abbey Road in London was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

‘It was lovely to meet Gary Barlow and Gareth Malone.

‘I’m feeling quite calm at the moment about taking part in the concert but I expect that will be different by Sunday.

‘We’re all very excited and it’s been an amazing opportunity.

‘We are just ordinary woman doing an extraordinary thing.’

The military wives will also feature on a documentary about the making of the song on BBC One at the weekend.

They travel to London at the weekend to prepare for the concert.

Then on Monday they will join some of the biggest names from the world of music including Elton John, Jessie J and Annie Lennox to perform in front of the Queen and the rest of the country.

The group now has almost 60 members and some of the ladies are serving military personnel themselves.

After starting with just a handful of members in January, they were spotted by Gareth Malone and invited to sing with the original Military Wives Choir on an album which made it to number one.

On June 23 they will sing as part of a huge choir made up of singers from all over the area to launch this year’s Portsmouth Festivities.

If you are interested in joining the choir, e-mail membership secretary Sammy Davies at

To watch the music video of Sing, featuring the Portsmouth Military Wives Choir, visit