“Stronger Together” A Military Wives Concert

On Friday 19th April 2013, Bath Spa Band proudly performed with Warminster Military Wives Choir in Melksham Assembly Hall, a concert in aid of Help For Heroes. An audience of 400 people filled the Assembly Hall to enjoy a fabulous concert, a joint collaboration between John Marable, a prolific fundraiser for Help For Heroes and Dotty Pink Productions, a group specialising in raising funds for local good causes through music. Over £5000 was raised for the charity, a significant achievement.

The Warminster Military Wives Choir were also supported by soloists Joanna Deacon and John Clarke, both from Yeovil.

Bath Spa Band’s programme was exciting and varied including an arrangement of I Dreamed a Dream from Les Misérables beautifully played by solo cornet, Harry Leafe an arrangement of Michael Bublé’s Cry Me A River, featuring talented principal cornet Nick Breeze and an energetic swing-style trombone trio Swinging Slides.
The audience loved it!

Following the band came the beautiful voices of the soloists. Joanna and John’s songs had the audience captivated.
After the interval, the eagerly awaited Warminster Military Wives Choir appeared. They were lead by their newly appointed Musical Director, Donna-Kate Wilson. They wowed the audience with their renditions of tracks from their album, Stronger Together, including favourites, Wherever You Are, In My Dreams and Sing. The audience loved them and demanded more!

Before the Proms-style finale, Baths Spa Band’s Larry Coles played the Last Post, followed by Reveille standing alongside standard bearers Allan Gullis from The Wiltshire Branch of the Normandy Veterans Association, Alan Toogood from RASC, LCpl. Midgley from 3 Yorks Warminster and a cadet from 2385 Sqdn. ATC Melksham.

The grand finale featured all performers taking to the stage for a rousing rendition of Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia. At the end of the evening there was a spontaneous standing ovation from a very appreciative audience for a wonderful evening’s entertainment.

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