Military Wives Choirs - Call for Arrangers

Alex Noble

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Sing, Share, Support 2020

With over 70 choirs and more than 2000 members in British military bases across the UK and overseas, the Military Wives Choirs is a charity that brings all women in the military community (not just wives) closer together and empowers them through singing. Families of service personnel move around frequently and it can often be tough to put down roots or make new friends, particularly when loved ones are away for long periods of time. Research shows that singing in a choir can help to alleviate stress and can contribute to an improvement in mental health. The Military Wives Choirs therefore have a vital role to play by bringing women in the military community together to sing. The choirs share a core repertoire, which facilitates members moving between choirs. This year, we have the opportunity to add new arrangements to this core repertoire.

Our core repertoire consists of some original music, and a set of tailored resources of arrangements of well-loved songs of all kinds, specially arranged for the Military Wives Choirs. This song selection process incorporates suggestions from the Military Wives Choirs members and collaboration between the Music & Performance Manager and the arranger. The arrangements are written for three-part female choir, and include a well-presented, detailed piano/vocal score and an instrumental accompaniment (orchestrated where appropriate), in the form of a backing track.

The Military Wives Choirs welcomes expressions of interest from arrangers with suitable experience, including in arranging for non-professional and female voice choirs. We will facilitate visits to rehearsals and collaboration with our choirs, either physically or virtually. To apply to fulfil this opportunity, please send your CV along with a previous example of your work and a quote for the costs involved (per song) to Julia Hudson, Music and Performance Manager via commission@militarywiveschoirs.org. There will then be a shortlisting and selection process undertaken by our Music panel.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday, 28th October 2020 at 9am.

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