Military Wives Choir put on North Devon show

Joseph Bulmer

Now hotly tipped for the UK chart Christmas number one, the ladies of the RMB Chivenor Military Wives Choir still found time for a local concert at the Christ Church Christmas Tree Festival.

NOW tipped as the favourites to take the Christmas Number One spot, the Military Wives Choir from RMB Chivenor found time away from national limelight to sing in their home village of Braunton on Friday.

They sang at a packed Christ Church as part of festivities to open its annual Christmas Tree Festival, officially opened by Ilfracombe Town Crier Roy Goodwin.

The choir, who starred alongside celebrity choirmaster Gareth Malone in his recent BBC Two series The Choir: Military Wives, are currently leading the Christmas UK chart betting with odds of 4/7, their nearest rivals recent X Factor winner Little Mix at 13/8.

As part of the opening ceremony the choir performed several songs, including O Holy Night and Keep The Home Fires Burning to rapturous applause.

The festival itself, held in the church’s 25th anniversary year, saw 27 colourful trees decorated by church members and community groups for its weekend run.

The choir’s charity song, Wherever You Are was written for the choir and Gareth by composer Paul Mealor, who wrote music for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Its lyrics were taken from letters written by choir members to their husbands and partners whilst they were serving in Afghanistan.

Profits from the single will be going to the Royal British Legion plus military charity SSAFA.

The ladies admitted that while it had started “as a bit of a giggle” the choir was now very important to them and they found singing in the intimate venue at Christ more nerve-wracking than the Royal Albert Hall.

The single has been heavily backed by Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans and will be released on December 19 by the Decca label. It can be pre-ordered via