CD costs £6 + £1.75 pp


Harmonies for Heroes

The Military WAGS Choir, together with the Reeth and Muker Bands of Swaledale, have produced the Harmonies For Heroes CD, in aid of Help For Heroes. The CD features 7 tracks and includes the song ‘Dancing With You’, which was specially written for the choir. This track will be released as a single for download nationally at the end of March, alongside a youtube video, which promotes the project and features footage of the Phoenix House Recovery Centre, the choir and bands in rehearsal, plus interviews with those involved.

The whole project stemmed from a song, Dancing With You, written by Jill Lundberg several months ago. As a Forces Wife for 17 years, her lyrics were inspired by the experiences of military wives and girlfriends and how singing and music helps them to cope when their partners are away from home. The song was performed in the Summer by Five Pearls & A Piano, a group Jill sings with and Mo Usman, Centre Manager at Phoenix House, was at the concert. His chance comment of 'you should ask the Military WAGS to record that song', led to the choir being approached. From this, a great community project evolved in aid of Help For Heroes, with Carol Gedye, musical director of the WAGS choir suggesting broadening the local appeal by inviting the Swaledale bands to be involved.

Through the kindness of several local businesses and individuals a mini-album was conceived. The recording is being sponsored by Mark Stephenson, CEO of PWS & Second Nature who, in addition to being a trustee of the WAGS choir, has donated four self-help kitchens to the Help For Heroes Recovery Centre at Catterick, so is extremely supportive of both causes.

As well as selling the ‘Harmonies for Heroes’ CD locally, at the Tourist Information Centre and the Wives Kitchen in Richmond and at Studio 19 in Catterick Garrison, the track ‘Dancing With You’ has also been released as a single for download from iTunes. A youtube video will soon be on-line to promote the project, featuring footage of the Phoenix House Recovery Centre, the choir and bands in rehearsal, plus interviews with those involved in the project.

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