Musical Director: Carol Gedye
Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes
It is five years since the Military WAGS Choir was formed in Catterick Garrison, just as 19 Brigade was about to embark on a six month tour to Afghanistan at the height of the war. Due to the transient nature of the forces, very few original members remain who have been involved from the beginning, and as a result the choir is always changing and evolving. Made up of Wives, Affiliates, Girlfriends and Serving Soldiers, these are ordinary women with extraordinary lives and voices.
With some outstanding harmonies and sharp vocals, there can be no doubt that these are very talented women. The meaning behind every word is palpable, stirring up emotions from the audience as they sing, particularly during a stunning arrangement of Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’. The choir sing in perfect unison, as one voice.
We are treated to a stunning flute solo during John Denver’s ‘Annie’s Song’ by the very accomplishedHannah and a simply sublime solo of George Gershwin’s aria ‘Summertime’ from the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess by serving soldier Victoria. On the night, there were tears from both singers and audience during a beautiful and very poignant rendition of ‘Wherever You Are’, the number one bestselling song written by Paul Mealor.
From the Beatles to Andrew Lloyd Webber, the choir sings with incredible enthusiasm and flair. ‘The Rhythm of Life’ from the musical Sweet Charity is particularly rhapsodic.
Strawberries and Song is conducted by Carol Gedye with Gillian on the piano and is a masterly example of how singing for pleasure can be a pleasure for all. A highly recommended, moving and soul-lifting experience. Not to be missed.
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Reviewed on: 16th July 2015