Musical phenomenon, the, Military WAGS Choir will say farewell to its long-standing Musical Director at a special concert.
Carol Gedye is said to have been instrumental in setting up the choir to create a much-needed distraction for women in the military community during the height of the war in Afghanistan.
Since then, the choir has gone from strength to strength and has performed at a huge variety of occasions, from small local gatherings to national events that have drawn crowds of several thousand.
Musical Director, Carol Gedye, said:
"When I asked back then 'If there is anything I could ever do to help you lovely ladies on the Garrison, please ask', I didn’t know how much those words would change my life."
The Catterick group was the first of dozens of other military wives singing groups across the country. The Military Wives sparked a number one album and hit television series.
The choir has also been a huge welfare success - as the regular rehearsals provided an opportunity for wives, girlfriends and service women to come together, helping to support each other and have fun.
Carol, who has led the choir since its formation in 2010, is relinquishing this role as she retires to spend more time with her family, she said:
"What a journey and a life-enriching experience it has been!”
To mark her farewell, the choir will be performing at Richmond’s Georgian Theatre Royal on Saturday 6 July at 7.30pm.
At the concert, Sounds of Summer, the choir will perform a full repertoire of popular music that showcases their splendid singing and harmonies. They will be joined by the Richmond School and Sixth Form College Concert Band, who have recently returned from a concert tour in the Rhineland, Germany.
Kay Broomhead will be taking over as Musical Director of WAGS, working alongside the choir’s current accompanist, Brett Overin.