Military Life

Christmas Concert Rehearsals For Military Children's Choir

The North of England’s first Military Children’s Choir will be performing alongside the Catterick Military Wives choir.

Younger voices of the military community are preparing for their Christmas concert.

The North of England’s first Military Children’s Choir has been set up at Le Cateau Primary School in North Yorkshire and are now rehearsing for their Christmas concert.

During the concert they will perform alongside the Catterick Military Wives choir.

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Daisy and Georgia.

Daisy and Georgia both auditioned for and got into the all-new Northern Military Kids Choir and are now rehearsing for their Christmas concert.

"When I was in my mum's tummy he went [to Afghanistan], so this is the second time he’s been," said Georgia, whose dad will be in Afghanistan this Christmas.

"As a military mum myself I’ve seen the impact deployment has on the children," said Angela Campbell, Founder of the Northern Military Kids Choir.

Ms Campbell said moving frequently as part of a military family can have an impact on children's mental health.

"My son went to six different schools by the time he was in year six," she added.

"As a family you pull together and get through it, but collectively they are a very strong group. Perfect for a choir."

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The pupils forming the choir come from schools across the garrison.

While 90% of the members of the choir is service children, the choir is open to all and integration with the non-military community is encouraged.

"I think it’s a great thing for the community and the school getting all the children together from what's a very diverse community," said John Brown, Officer Commanding Army School of Ceremonial.

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"We have huge ambitions for the choir... huge plans and things coming up in the future," said Ms Campbell.

"Our message to the children really is: dream big," she added.

Several Catterick-based units are currently overseas, on deployments ranging from Kenya to Kabul.

For all those deployed the children have an early Christmas message:

"Merry Christmas!"