Chivenor Military Wives Choir, Ypres, Belgium
Date: 8 Sep 2018
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Location: The Perron – Theater Hall
Adults: 20 EUR
Under 16: 10 EUR
The Chivenor Military Wives Choir, is made up of wives, partners and girlfriends of British Military personnel and veterans. Established in 2011 when Gareth Malone visited RMB Chivenor to form a choir for the BBC TV progamme, “The Choir, Military Wives”. The Choir continues to support ladies of the military community through music.
Following the success of the TV series, “Wherever You Are” was released as a single on 19 December 2011 and went on to claim the coveted Christmas No.1 spot. This single raised more than £500,000 for the military charities SSAFA and The Royal British Legion.
Since its formation, the Chivenor Military Wives Choir has released two number one albums, ‘In My Dreams’ and ‘Stronger Together’, and has been involved in numerous memorable national events including performing ‘Sing’ at the Diamond Jubilee Concert on The Mall. In 2012 the Choir won a Classical BRIT Award for the “Best Single” of the year. Members of the Choir have also appeared in The Queen’s Christmas Day broadcast and performed at the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on two occasions.
The choir is run by a volunteer committee, with every choir member paying subs each week and fund-raising through performances and charitable endeavor’s to help cover any shortfall in running costs. They perform regularly at charitable events, helping support other charities to fund-raise both nationally and locally.
RACHEL SMITH – MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Rachel read Music at Exeter University and specialised in Music for her PGCE. She is now the Head of Junior Music at The Maynard School, Exeter, Devon. Rachel is a former member of the National Youth Choir and several Devon County music ensembles and continues to perform with several local musical ensembles when time permits. She has been a member of Exeter Philharmonic Choir since 1996 and was a founding member of the female vocal quartet Viva.
In 2007, whilst Assistant Director of Music at Exeter Cathedral School, Rachel founded the Devon County Junior Choir for children aged 8 – 13. In 2012, she started Schola Exe, the County Senior Choir for girls aged 13 – 18 and boys with unchanged voices. The choirs have gained a reputation for excellence and good vocal technique, and has provided the foundation for young singers, many of whom have gone on to become Cathedral Choirsters and gained scholarships to specialist music schools, Oxford University and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Rachel is also one of the main conductors of the National Children’s Choir of GB, and has conducted the Yellow Choir (for children aged 9 – 11) since 2011.
In August 2012, Rachel was appointed MD of the (original) Chivenor Military Wives Choir and MD of Lympstone Military Wives Choir in February 2013. In this capacity she has conducted the Military Wives in local, national and international concerts and events, including those at Downing Street, the Royal Albert Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral, London and in France and Spain.
Young British mezzo-soprano Emma Brown read music at the University of Cambridge before moving to the Netherlands to study at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. She now works internationally as a solo performer.
Emma regularly sings at remembrance ceremonies in France, Belgium, United Kingdom and the Netherlands for organisations including the Commomwealth War Graves Commission, the Royal British Legion, the Normandy VeteransAssociation, the Last Post Association, the Welsh Guards Pilgrims, and various embassies.
She has extensive stage experience from her youth, where she regularly sand and danced in choruses in regional theatres in the East Midlands, for example, in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore and Lucia di Lammermoor, and in MY Fair Lady, The Student Prince and Kismet for Present Company at theatres including Buxton Opera House, Nottingham Playhouse and Derby Playhouse
Fiona-Jane Weston is an actor, singer, and writer. Her solo shows have played to packed houses at The Other Palace, The Pheasantry, Crazy Cogs (Brasserie Zedel) as well as on national and overseas tours.
She has received rave reviews for her unique take on historical themes and key events in history, most notably women’s history. Her highly acclaimed shows include Wartime Women, looking at the roles of women have historically played in warfare and Looking For Lansbury, celebrating the life, heritage and extraordinary career of Dame Angela Lansbury, and musical chat show Fiona-Jane and West End Friends.
She is soon to launch a caberet and theatre consultancy service that helps with all aspects of creating and managing a small scale show. Fiona-Jane also writes about theatre and caberet on her blog “Capital Caberets and Shows Scene”, in addition to and for prestigious theatre blogs such as “Musical Theatre Review”. She has been featured in The Times, The Guardian and London Live TV, amongst media outlets.
CordonBois is a septet of 3 oboes, 2 English Horns and 2 cello’s conducted by Christine Devos.
Our repertoire is a miscellany from baroque-, classic-, film-, contemporary music….
Based in Ypres the group are well known in Belgium for the quality of their playing and will be performing some musical numbers in the show as well as backing for the Choir and Solo Performers.