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The Military Wives performing songs from their album at Portsmouth Cathedral for Portsmouth Festivities earlier this year. Below, Kim Martin. 'Picture: Allan Hutchings (131802-369)
The Military Wives performing songs from their album at Portsmouth Cathedral for Portsmouth Festivities earlier this year. Below, Kim Martin. 'Picture: Allan Hutchings (131802-369)
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TWO talented ladies chosen to star on stage in a military wives choir will see their performance televised on Boxing Day.

Kim Martin and Vanessa Bray from Hill Head, took part in a concert inspired by Michael Morpurgo’s award-winning play War Horse at the Royal Albert Hall earlier this year.

10/1/12    SB''A new choir of wives of servicemen has started up in Fareham. Pictured is group founder right Kim Martin ' 'Picture: Paul Jacobs (120076-4) ENGPPP00120121001152333

10/1/12 SB''A new choir of wives of servicemen has started up in Fareham. Pictured is group founder right Kim Martin ' 'Picture: Paul Jacobs (120076-4) ENGPPP00120121001152333

Mrs Martin, 30, and Mrs Bray, 41, are part of the Portsmouth Military Wives Choir and auditioned for one of only 100 places in the Proms Military Wives Choir.

Mrs Martin, founder of the city choir, said: ‘It was one of the most humbling experiences of my life. To represent not just the military wives of today but those of 100 years ago.’

She described the performance as ‘exhilarating but daunting’ as due to the venue’s layout performers can see a ‘wall of expectant faces’.

The pair had voice coaching from Janice Chapman from the Royal College of Music and were directed by Gareth Malone as well as being joined by life-size war horse puppets on stage.

Mrs Bray, who serves in the Royal Air Force at RAF(U) Swanwick, said: ‘The final performance was spine-tingling.

‘Seamlessly intertwined with the War Horse production, our musical additions and presence on the stage brought a tear to many eyes, both in the audience and the choir.

‘For 100 ladies from different choirs to come together and sing these difficult classical pieces was amazing and overwhelming.

‘Performing at the Royal Albert Hall was an honour and it will live with me forever.’

- The War Horse Prom will be shown on BBC Two on Friday.