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24 May 2012, 00:00
Singers from the Wattisham Military Wives Choir (WMWC) have joined some of the Commonwealth's most talented and diverse musicians to perform on Sing, the official song for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Five members of Wattisham’s 40-strong choir went to Abbey Road studios in London to record the song, which was written by Gary Barlow and Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber and released on Friday. The women also feature on a version of Land of Hope and Glory on the single, performing with Alfie Boe.
The choir’s Liz Simpson is one of two military wives to sing solo on the single, performing with musicians as diverse as the African Children’s Choir, Aboriginal guitarist Gurrumul and the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Band.
The 30-year-old said: “I’m very honoured to be a part of it all, it’s such an exciting experience to have in my life and a true blessing. I’m very proud to be a part of the Wattisham Military Wives choir, the choir that rocks! Their love and support is so encouraging.”
Liz is the wife of Corporal Craig Simpson, a medic with 3 Regiment Army Air Corps and they have a two-year-old son Harry.
Seven members of WMWC, including Liz, will be performing Sing at the Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace on June 4th.
The WMWC was set up in January with a £1,000 donation from the Royal British Legion to bring together wives and girlfriends from the base to support each other through a shared love of singing.
The choir will also be performing in Bury St Edmunds at an Armed Forces Day celebration in the Abbey Gardens on June 30th and at Abbey Fest on July 22nd.