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5.0 out of 5 stars The charity song that is so much more - pure quality., 19 Dec 2011
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This review is from: Wherever You Are (Audio CD)
Ordering a pre - release CD meant that I got my copy early. Lucky me! The song was already so familiar from the radio and television - and it still moved me to tears. Paul Mealor's lovely lyrics, put together from the letters, poems and prayers of the Military Wives and their men as they served in Afghanistan are deeply moving.
They are also reproduced on the CD insert, although the words are sung so clearly that they are almost unnecessary.

The story of how Gareth Malone put together a choir of military wives and partners to give them an alternative focus for their lives whilst their men were in Afghanistan has now been told many times in the media. Gareth's exploits in forming choirs have been the focus of three previous TV programmes, and his skill in drawing out the best in people via the medium of choral music is unsurpassed. This fourth choir challenge has been the one that has really caught the imagination of the public.

This song emerged as a performance piece to be sung by the choir at the televised Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall. Following the screening of both the Festival and the final episode of The Choir - Military Wives, it became clear this song HAD to be released. Nine months ago these women had never sung together and very few had any experience of singing. You genuinely wouldn't know. The soloist, Samantha Stevenson, has to be mentioned - what a truly beautiful voice.
The additional Paul Mealor composition on the CD, A Spotless Rose, is sung by the well-known choir Tenebrae. It's a lovely extra surprise, an exquisitely sung piece that has a real Christmas feel.
A minimum of 40p from each CD is being split between the Royal British Legion and the Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen Families Association - Forces Help. A great way to give a little to two very deserving charities - and the best song to be (hopefully) a Christmas No 1 for many, many years - in fact, possibly the best ever. Stop reading this and go and buy it!
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Initial post: 22 Dec 2011 23:20:06 GMT
Last edited by the author on 22 Dec 2011 23:53:32 GMT
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Posted on 10 Jan 2012 18:05:13 GMT
I whole heartily agree with all that you have shared here. It still moves me to tears everytime I hear 'Wherever you are'.

Sam has such an amazing voice (as do all the other women) and she did so well in all that she was going through at the time. Thank you to you all girls for letting us have insight into what you go through when the men are away. God Bless you all.

The only drawback to this - if it is - I thought more than 40p was going to these worthwhile charities?

Now a ponder/question for Gareth and the Military Wives - Are you likely to produce a complete CD of different songs say from the show/rehearsals seen and unseen plus any other you think we would all like to hear (so we get our money's worth!) and so buy the CD? Again reasonably priced - like 5 each CD?! With some of the money going to the named charities?

I am sure there would be an orderly queue formed to pre-book/buy it?!

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