Songs of courage, hope and friendship.
Read posts on what makes members of the Military Wives choir ‘Stronger Together’.

Carol Musgrove

What a year 2012 has been, last year I was unhappy in a posting, this year I was part of an ACE team who set up Salisbury Plain Military Wives Choir!! I have met some fantastic ladies who I would never have met….
This is what the choir about, we have made a community, something that has been lost for some time. We have laughed, we have cried and we have sang to the Queen in her Jubilee year.
Thank you to all of the ladies who have made this possible. Without watching you on the TV we would never have been inspired to do this. Thank you to everyone behind the scenes… You know who you are. Lastly, thank you to the ladies at SPMWC, to N & S without you we wouldnt have done this! xxx

Carol Musgrove
Salisbury Military Wives Choir

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Karen Austin

I have been a member of Salisbury Plain MWC since the first initial meeting in a pub where the handful that were expected turned into about 30 ladies! Since then my husband has been on operational tour in Afghanistan, I cannot thank the choir ladies enough. I have learned harmonies and songs i never though possible and have performed for the queen and traveled to Germany as a choir we have performed in front of thousands of people – awesome experiences!

So many supportive friends and shoulders to cry on and people to share tears with and there have been a few! Friends to let my hair down with who understand my life, SPMWC Thank you.

Alongside my new choir friends I must thank all my dog agility friends who have supported me all summer, helping look after my children and supporting me when running in dog agility competitions, asking me about the choir and supporting me – you too are amazing!

Finally my family’s both my husbands and my own who have had the children for a weekend here and there, allowing me some ‘me’ time to go and sing with the lovely ladies.

You have all made me stronger… Thank You

Karen Austin
Salisbury Military Wives Choir

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Jay Joyce

I managed to set up my own little choir over here on JHQ (germany) . After struggling to find members i finally ended up with 12 amazing ladies, you made my choir dreams come true, and made it possible for us to feature on the new album, so heres to you girls without you none of this would have been possible, and i hope we continue to support each other over these next few months as some hubbys have just gone and some are due back. together we ARE stronger xxx

Jay Joyce
JHQ (Germany) Military Wives Choir

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Paula Mundy

The picture is of my mum and Emelia my daughter taken on holiday before she got ill. Just how I want to remember her. She hated her picture taken so we are very lucky to have this one.

This was a hard one to do because there has been so many people through my journey that has made me stronger but I suppose that my mum has been the biggest strength for me the longest. My life hasn’t been easy while I have been a military wife but my mum has always helped me.  It may have just been from a phone call or a text but I always knew she was there for me.  She lived a few hundred miles away and we didn’t see each other as often as we would have liked due to me having a disabled daughter travelling wasn’t easy.  She came down when she could and helped us out when she was able even though she was ill herself. She helped me cope mentally when my husband was deployed last year even though she was on kemo and really struggling herself she still made time for me. My mum was a loving and caring person and was liked by many, that’s why when she passed away after a year fighting cancer it was devastating to so many people who’s hearts she had touched. 

She passed 1.3.12 just before the album ‘in my dreams’ which I was keeping secret what song it was that our choir had sang. She loved Buddy Holly and I knew mothers day was going to be special when I gave it to her…. She never got it.. she never knew… She has made me be a lot stronger and she is following my progress and I know, not hope that she is proud of the daughter she made and brought up with my wonderful dad.

Paula Mundy
Lympstone Military Wives Choir

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Kate Mason

I am an army wife and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2007. At the time, I had taken a career break from teaching to focus on raising my two children who were aged 4 and 2. Although I knew friends with children near by, I still felt very isolated living on Barracks and it was hard to focus upon anything else apart from my diagnosis. I have since returned to work part time as a Primary School Music Teacher in two local schools and I love my job!

However, the starting of the Salisbury Plain Military Wives Choir in January this year really marked a turn around for me. I finally had chance to do something for me again, which I loved. Intending to go along and sing, this soon altered to my becoming the pianist/accompanist for the choir, a roll which I am relishing. It is fantastic to be surrounded by such a fabulous supportive group of ladies who keep me smiling. Forcing myself out on a Thursday night for choir rehearsals when I am struggling with fatigue has been hard, but singing and playing with the choir lifts my energy levels and the endorphins released keep me going until the weekend and beyond. Regular playing again has also given my stiff fingers a workout and helped my memory (two day-to-day symptoms of MS)! The opportunities that have been made available to us all are just amazing and being part of the choir has returned a focus in my life beyond being a mummy and a teacher!

Kate Mason
Salisbury Plain Military Wives Choir

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