Luly Yorke

I was a military wife for 11 years before my husband died in his sleep from a heart attack aged 39 brought on by alcohol abuse as a means of self medicating as a result of PTSD. Our 3 children and I were given 90 days to vacate our quarter and all that we had known for those years was gone. Of course we have made a life in civvy street but there is something that is so unique about military life that there was always a hole, until a friend asked me if I would like to join the Defence Academy Military Wives Choir. I jumped at the chance to re-connect with that part of mine and the children’s lives again.

I have never been happier than I have been for the last 8 months since I joined our choir, the camaraderie and banter has been such a tonic and bonding experience. That was enough for me, but because of this amazing Military Wives Choir movement that has taken place I have been lucky enough to be part of the new album Stronger Together, the music video shoot in London and singing at the Royal Albert Hall at the Classic Brit Awards! Whilst of course it was fantastic to be conducted by Gareth Malone, with Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber on pianos, I was just as excited and enjoyed meeting other military wives and hearing their stories. It has all been an amazing experience whether it’s on the smaller stage at our local gigs or on a national stage. I can honestly say that Stronger Together as a message is absolutely true and the fact that we are raising money for our Armed Forces whilst we are all having such fun is the icing on the cake.

Luly Yorke
Defence Academy Military Wives Choir