Joint Force Singers set to hit the right notes

JFS logoThanks to generous funding from the Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Scheme, Westminster Music Library has recently launched Joint Force Singers – a brand new choir which will unite members of the armed forces who are local to south Westminster with civilians from our resident population.

The inspiration for Joint Force Singers came from our work in Westminster Music Library; for a number of years we have organised a wide variety of musical activities for our residents and local community groups, and musicians from Westminster’s Wellington Barracks are amongst some of our most regular visitors, either borrowing music or performing in our popular free concert series. Joint Force Singers gives us the perfect opportunity to bring everyone together.

It has been well documented that singing in a choir is not only a relaxing and enjoyable activity, but also has great health benefits and promotes long lasting friendships.

Ruairi Glasheen (Joint Force Singers Musical Director) with Westminster's Lord Mayor Locum Tenens Councillor Judith Warner

Ruairi Glasheen (Joint Force Singers Musical Director) with Westminster’s Lord Mayor Locum Tenens Councillor Judith Warner

Westminster Music Library will be working in partnership with Westminster’s Armed Forces and local community organisations to bring people across Westminster together in song, and through their involvement in Joint Force Singers serving personnel and their families will have a unique opportunity to promote the incredible work that they do.

We are encouraging singers of all abilities to get involved, with no audition or specialist music skills needed – Joint Force Singers is about getting together with your community.

Colonel Hugh Bodington (Wellington Barracks) with Westminster's Lord Mayor Locum Tenens Councillor Judith Warner

Colonel Hugh Bodington (Wellington Barracks) with Westminster’s Lord Mayor Locum Tenens Councillor Judith Warner

Joint Force Singers have an exciting year ahead with plans to take part in a number of high profile events at well-known Westminster venues, with a grand finale performance in 2016 at The Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks. Continuing the relationship with the local military community, concerts will be accompanied by musicians from the Corps of Army Music and will feature specially created works based on the music associated with the British military.

Recent choir recruit Rowena Heale is from a family of serving personnel at the barracks:

“I’m really excited about being part of Joint Force Singers; it’s not a “stuffy” choir, it’s all about singing great songs and meeting new people in Westminster.

I think Joint Force Singers will help us build a stronger community; my husband, who serves in the army, agrees that the choir will be an enjoyable and fun activity for those posted to Westminster, and will also help to improve a service person’s life, including their families. Even my 17 year old son has become a member of Joint Force Singers!”

The Choir will number up to 50 adult members. Rehearsals take place on Saturday mornings at Wellington Barracks and are due to commence in early September 2015. There is no cost to join and rehearsal sessions are free, why not “enlist” today?

To find out more or to register, email jointforcesingers@gmail.com, or call Westminster Music Library on 020 7641 6200.

[Ruth]

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