Portsmouth Military Wives Choir in bid to feature on England Rugby World Cup recording

HIGH HOPES The Portsmouth Military Wives Choir. Picture by: Malcolm Wells (150606-0015)
HIGH HOPES The Portsmouth Military Wives Choir. Picture by: Malcolm Wells (150606-0015)

Choir appeal for new head

  • Portsmouth Military Wives Choir hope to land place on England Rugby team single
  • Singers recorded rendition of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot at HMS Collingwood
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THE Rugby World Cup is just months away – and the Portsmouth Military Wives Choir hopes to play a special role.

The group of singers are gunning to feature on a new recording of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, the official single for the England team.

A video of the choir performing the tune at HMS Collingwood has been released, which includes clips of them playing rugby and their partners returning from trips with the armed forces.

But the group are up against organisations from around the country, and to secure a spot on the single they need your vote.

They are currently in third place, and last night had 858 votes behind scouts and guides in Gloucester and youngsters from Brackley RUFC.

England is the host nation for this year’s Rugby World Cup, which runs from September 18 to October 31.

Kim Martin, 30, of the Portsmouth Military Wives Choir, said it would be an ‘absolute honour’ to secure a part.

Mrs Martin, of Hill Head, whose husband Ben, 34, is a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy, said: ‘We are all quite keen rugby fans; one of our ladies is a rugby player herself – Suzanne Bull – and it’s obviously a way of supporting her. The naval rugby culture is quite a big culture, so this struck a chord with us, and being military wives we are patriotic.

‘Singing on the Rugby World Cup single would be a bonus, plus it’s about putting Portsmouth on the map.

‘It ticks all the boxes for us really.’

We are very patriotic. It’s doing something for our country, it’s the pinnacle of what it’s all about.

Kim Martin, 30, of the Portsmouth Military Wives Choir

She added: ‘It would be an absolute honour to feature on the single.

‘We are very patriotic. It’s doing something for our country, it’s the pinnacle of what it’s all about.

‘It’s what our husbands do (represent the country) they are fighting for our country and doing things in the interest of the UK.

‘So for us to do something similar, is an absolute honour.’

To vote, visit the England Rugby Facebook page and click on the Every Voice Counts tab. Then click the leaderboard tab and search for Kim’s video. Votes need to be submitted by July 1.

England was chosen to host the cup in July 2009, beating rival bids from Italy, Japan and South Africa.