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My choir's preparations for Anthems in the Park

The Cranwell Military Wives Choir is just one of the acts who'll be performing at Anthems in the Park this Saturday at RAF Cranwell. Chorister Heather Kasperczyk tells us how the choir has been preparing for the event.

I've been part of the Cranwell Military Wives Choir for two months and although my time in the group has been short, it's also been fantastic. We normally meet every Tuesday to rehearse but in the run up to Anthems in the Park we've been having extra rehearsal sessions on Sundays.

The Cranwell Military Wives ChoirBefore any concert there is a lot of preparation to be done; rehearsals are very important and our choir has been working hard to learn the parts and lyrics to all the pieces we'll be performing.

We are all dedicated to the choir and also in supporting each other so I have no doubt that our performance on Saturday will be a great experience.

Having performed in other choirs prior to joining the Cranwell Military Wives Choir, I know what it feels like to sing with other people. If you haven't sung in a choir yourself but have the temptation to try it - please do! To share a performance with other people is a truly brilliant feeling and that is why I am so excited about taking part in Anthems.

I joined the Cranwell Military Wives Choir to experience the wonderful feeling of performing and to also socialise with other women who understand what life as a military wife entails; it can be extremely difficult at times but we are all extremely positive women and it's lovely to have a network of women who have a lot in common. Many of the women in the choir are part of the group because it gives them an opportunity to get to know other military wives and also to have a bit of fun along the way!

'Wherever You Are'

I can reveal that one of the songs we will be performing at Anthems in the Park will be 'Wherever You Are', which is now a song iconic to the Military Wives. I had this piece of music played at my wedding just before I walked down the aisle so the lyrics mean a lot. I hope we do the song justice on Saturday.

Many of our friends, family and work colleagues will be at Anthems to support us. I hope that everyone enjoys the entertainment on Saturday whether they are a performer or part of the audience.

We hope everyone will give us a big cheer as we'll probably be a little nervous but the audience's encouragement will give us the confidence to sing louder and clearer, and to ensure everyone can hear us (there might just be a clue to another performance piece there!).

By Heather Kasperczyk

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