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The Choir Series Four: Military Wives [DVD]

Gareth Malone    Exempt   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gareth Malone
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Feb 2012
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005ZD5Q88
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,252 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

The series that produced the hit single Wherever You Are In a series that became a national phenomenon, Gareth Malone took on the challenge of forming a choir of military wives while their husbands and partners were deployed on a tour of duty in Afghanistan. While the men were away, Gareth believed that music and singing might help the women through a difficult time of worry and separation; but the emotional torment of the tour proved challenging for even this experienced choirmaster. The wives feel they are all too often forgotten, and Gareth plans several performances for them with the aim of giving the women a voice. They sing to the local town of Barnstaple to help them understand their often difficult lives; at a Commissioning Dinner at the Sandhurst Officer Training Academy in search of a military seal of approval; and to their men at their Homecoming Medals Parade when they return from war. Finally, their crowning achievement: the choir perform Wherever You Are , the song based on their letters and lyrics in front of the Queen and Royal family at the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall. It is a night no one who witnessed it will ever forget. From the sale of this DVD, Acorn Media aims to raise £5,000 in support of The Royal British Legion and SSAFA. SPECIAL FEATURES: GARETH MALONE BIOGRAPHY, PICTURE GALLERY, SUBTITLES

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The series that produced the hit single Wherever You Are In a series that became a national phenomenon, Gareth Malone took on the challenge of forming a choir of military wives while their husbands and partners were deployed on a tour of duty in Afghanistan. While the men were away, Gareth believed that music and singing might help the women through a difficult time of worry and separation; but the emotional torment of the tour proved challenging for even this experienced choirmaster. The wives feel they are all too often forgotten, and Gareth plans several performances for them with the aim of giving the women a voice. They sing to the local town of Barnstaple to help them understand their often difficult lives; at a Commissioning Dinner at the Sandhurst Officer Training Academy in search of a military seal of approval; and to their men at their Homecoming Medals Parade when they return from war. Finally, their crowning achievement: the choir perform 'Wherever You Are', the song based on their letters and lyrics in front of the Queen and Royal family at the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall. It is a night no one who witnessed it will ever forget. Special Features: Gareth Malone Biography, Picture Gallery, Subtitles


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168 of 169 people found the following review helpful
By A. I. McCulloch TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was absolutely glued to the TV series The Choir - Military Wives, as an ex military wife and music fan.
Choirmaster Gareth Malone moved down to a military base in Devon to live amongst a community where a large proportion of the men were about to be sent to Afghanistan, with the idea of setting up a choir for those left behind.
As with all his ventures, Gareth really wasn't sure if the choir would take off at first, but approached his task with zeal and enthusiasm.
In contrast to some of the other choirs Gareth has put together, from the very start it was clear that the wives were really behind the venture.

The experience of having something to take them away from the worries surrounding them whilst their husbands were away was warmly welcomed. Gareth was clever in introducing them to choral singing via Bob Dylan's lovely 'Make You Feel My Love' which was familiar to them ... and then he really stretched them. More complex pieces followed including a version of I Wanna Dance With Somebody with incredibly difficult harmonies and performances in the local community. Gareth had the massive challenge of running two choirs that were to come together to sing as one, one based at Chivenor and the other at Plymouth. What a task...

It certainly wasn't all plain sailing but with vast practice things started to come together - and sound REALLY good.
One of the fascinating 'sub-plots' was the question of who would be the soloist for the projected piece to be sung at the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall. Before the last episode, the Festival was televised and I was delighted to hear the gorgeous voice of Samantha Stevenson ring out with the opening chords of 'Wherever You Are'.
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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars where ever you are 3 Dec 2011
By davidc
Format:DVD
superb, I have purchased 5, they deserve to be supported by all of the country for what they are doing for both the RBL and SSAFA.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gareth deserves a knighthood!!! 15 Jan 2012
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Top marks to Gareth Malone. His love of music and natural talent has achieved extraordinary results in the choirs he has created. The most recent..the Military Wives Choir is one of the most inspiring and moving musical experiences ever. So impressed am I with this lovely talented man that I seriously feel he deserves a knighthood not only for his contribution to music but for the joy he has given both to the members of the various choirs and the t.v. viewing public. Well done Gareth your a star
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant DVD 26 Feb 2012
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I am not a singer and have never been in a choir but since my daughter's fiance was in Afghanistan I thought I would watch this series. I was immediately enthralled in the wives lives and their interest in joining a choir to support their husbands and partners and pass the time while the men were away. Of course the choir soon became a big part of their lives and the singing just got better and better. Sam Stevenson stood out as a courageous young woman on many fronts who had an amazing voice and made the series for me . Definitely the dvd of the year and I hope it raises lots of money for the chosen forces charities.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gareth 27 Feb 2012
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What a wonderful product, and well deserved praise to all concerned in the making. I would happily recommend to anyone, and Gareth deserves a knighthood !!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An achievement 12 Feb 2012
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Gareth Malone achieved a formidable challenge. This is the best of the series until now. Not only he shares his love for music, he also does wonders for the community sense of a lot of people. I had to watch this series with a handkerchief in my hand; so human, so emotional, so gripping. I am looking forward to the next series. And, yes, I agree with `songbird': I hope to see him soon on the Honours List.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great 26 Jan 2012
By Bluecj
Format:DVD
A record to support not just a group of worthy singers but also helping to support our forces who have done so much for this Country
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming! 17 April 2012
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Watched the show when it was on TV but missed a week. Bought the DVD so I could see the whole series and was not disappointed! It was great to also see the ladies once again at the Royal Albert Hall, Festival of Remembrance, and to hear their fantastic number one single 'Wherever You Are' sung live. It was also lovely to see the picture gallery and the Gareth Malone biography, little extras that make it even more special! I found this series with Gareth Malone particularly heartwarming, as having a nephew currently out in Afghanistan I know how difficult it is for his wife while he is away. She opted to move back with her family while he was on his tour, a brave move to make, but she does miss the comraderie that exists between the wives, which was evident throughout the series. Well worth buying too, as it is supporting SSAFA Forces Help and The Royal British Legion! Well done to all the ladies, an inspirational DVD that really makes you realise how lucky you are!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very moving to watch. !!
Published 1 day ago by P. M. Versteeg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 6 days ago by Bert Steendam
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant choral director
Gareth Malone is inspiring..As a choral singer myself I know how hard it can be to inspire choirs. My wife sings and also leads a school choir and a church choir, and is so... Read more
Published 2 months ago by RDP
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
Wonderful DVD from a very talented musician and group of ladies. Love listening to the easy flow of singing and superb story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars What an lovely program
Watched this several times as the ladies are great, love every one of them. Gareth does a great job, he was just what they needed and this disc is what I needed.
Published 5 months ago by bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational!
Inspirational! Gareth continues to use music to raise spirits and change lives. He uses his intuition wisely and carries us with him.
Published 5 months ago by Shelley
5.0 out of 5 stars a good watch
i love anything that gareth malone or the military wives do, so nothing but praise for the dvd. it's good
Published 5 months ago by jone
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
The whole family really enjoyed it, it's a wonderful feel good DVD. Emotional and inspiring and beautiful voices. Highly recommend it.
Published 5 months ago by Carolyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Military wives
bought for my Mother for christmas, and fortunately she saw it before she died. She said she thoroughly enjoyed it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Maggie Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
Of course I love it - my daughter is in the Chivenor Military Wives Choir set up by Gareth! Great girls - great story.
Published 6 months ago by Annie
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