Gareth Malone is a choirmaster. I understand he’s in his forties, but he looks more twenty. Anyway, he is a professional and has worked with some of the leading choirs in the country.
But recently, instead of working at some high-brow opera house, he is driving around the country to military bases. When he gets there, he organises the military wives into choirs and teaches them to sing.
Military wives are the women left behind when their husbands are deployed overseas, principally to Afghanistan. They are isolated and live under a shadow of fear, hoping and praying their husbands come home.
Gareth Malone creates a remarkable bond with these women, and tutors even the most timid of them until they find their voice.
Below is a short video of just one performance of one of the choirs.
I feel inspired by the women’s performance and courage. And am equally inspired by the choices Gareth Malone has made – working so hard to help these women find their voices, and the power that lies inside each of them.
Enjoy the video.
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