Record joy for airfield’s choir

Dishforth Military Wives Choir's first soprano section recording for the new album (s)
Dishforth Military Wives Choir's first soprano section recording for the new album (s)
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The singers of Dishforth’s Military Wives Choir have recorded tracks for a new album set for release later this year.

The choir is to feature on a Military Wives Choir album released in November, alongside singers from army bases across the UK and overseas, including the famous Plymouth and Chivenor singers who topped the Christmas charts with “Wherever You Are”.

The Dishforth choir recorded at the airfield with Decca Records producer Jon Cohen.

Choir member Helen Langford, a teacher at Boroughbridge High School, said:

“We all had an absolutely amazing day. At the end of a very long day Jon played back one of the tracks that we had been working on and we were brought to tears!

“It just sounded so beautiful, we couldn’t believe what we had achieved since we started in February this year.

“We are all now really impatient to hear it again when the album is released in November.”

The record will include songs sung by the individual choirs as well as collaborations, but the singers cannot reveal what they have recorded until the official release date in November.

The Dishforth Choir is made up of 30 wives from Dishforth Airfield and nearby Alanbrooke Barracks in Topcliffe, and they are hoping to recruit more singers from Ripon’s Claro Barracks.

It was among the first groups to be set up after the success of the BBC programme The Choir with choirmaster Gareth Malone.

Currently around 100 soldiers from Dishforth are deployed in Afghanistan, and 50 are at work supporting the Olympics at the venues and providing aviation support.

The album can be pre-ordered online before its release.