Military Wives Choirs new commission

March 27, 2017 in All Opportunities, choral, Composers by mwhiteside

Deadline – 14th April 2017

Composer brief – Sing, Share, Support commission 2017

Who we are

Families of service personnel move around frequently and their partners are deployed often, and it can be tough to put down roots, make new friends and get to know people in the local community.

The Military Wives Choirs bring women in the military community closer together through singing. We are a unique and special network in which women can come together to sing, share and support each other, wherever they are. We have over 70 choirs throughout the UK and overseas, across six countries, and around 2000 members, and each choir is run by a dedicated team of volunteers who are choir members themselves. Choir members can help one another through the tough times and celebrate the good times – we are stronger together.

The choirs share a core repertoire, which facilitates members’ moving between choirs. This year, we have the opportunity to commission a new song for the network.

Our values

  • SING – we sing great songs that challenge us to be the best we can be. We give performances that make us proud to be in a MWC.
  • SHARE – We enjoy each others’ company and feel part of something special.  Through having fun we feel uplifted and happier.
  • SUPPORT – We are a team and we help each other to cope.  A member of one MWC is an equally valued member of all MWCs.

What we are looking for

We love our ‘headline’ songs, such as Stronger Together, Wherever You Are, Sing and Home for Christmas. We are excited to share an amazing, patriotic, upbeat song which incorporates our key themes of camaraderie, support, strength, family, and fun. We are looking for a song our choirs will leave rehearsals singing, and audiences will remember!

Who can apply

The Military Wives Choirs welcomes submissions from songwriters, composers and other artists. This submission should ultimately be in the form of a melody with piano accompaniment. You can expect to visit rehearsals and collaborate with our choirs.

To apply to fulfil this opportunity, please send your CV along with a previous example of your work, a summary of your vision for the song and a quote for the costs involved to Julia Hudson, Music and Performance Manager via commission@militarywiveschoirs.org. If you are unable to be involved in this project, expressions of general interest are also welcome.

We can only consider applications regarding music which has not already been written; if you would like us to consider adding your pre-existing piece to our repertoire then please email it to musicsubmissions@militarywiveschoirs.org instead.

There will then be a shortlisting process; following this we will arrange for shortlisted candidates to come and speak to our panel.

The closing date for applications is 14th April 2017; interviews will be held w/c 17th April 2017.