Military Wives' choir to perform at Music of the Night
PLYMOUTH's hugely successful Military Wives Choir is to perform as part of this year's spectacular Music of the Night.
Its inclusion will be a fitting finale for the outdoor event, which will be staged for the last time this year.
Rob Young, Music of the Night's cast musical director and choir master, has recently stepped into Gareth Malone's shoes to take the city choir under his wing.
Weekly rehearsals with the singers are currently taking place in the run-up to the Royal Citadel-based event which will run from July 16 to 20.
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Lesley Shorrocks, marketing co-ordinator for Music of The Night, said: "With this being the final production of Music of the Night, everyone involved is keen to make the show as enjoyable as possible, so we're delighted the choir has agreed to perform for us.
"We will be announcing other details about the show's content in the next few weeks."
The Military Wives Choir is currently celebrating after raising £500,000 for military charities from the sales of its Christmas single, 'Wherever You Are'.
Last month the choir performed in front of a star-studded National Television Awards.
The performance followed news that it has been shortlisted for a Brit Award for its hit single. The choir, which is largely made up of the partners of Plymouth military personnel, is also busy recording an album.
Music of The Night, which began in 1992 to commemorate the re-dedication of the Royal Citadel after its refurbishment, has developed into a major biennial performance.
It has raised more than £600,000 for local and military charities over the years.
The final show in July, complete with fireworks and gunfire, will mark the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Commando Gunners.
It will boast a cast of hundreds of local amateur performers of all ages, and the professional musicians of the Royal Artillery and Her Majesty's Royal Marines.
Plans for Music of The Night are now in full swing, with adult auditions due to take place at Devonport Guildhall on Sunday February 26.
Anybody interested in singing, dancing or being a part of the crowd must attend the audition and commit to being completely involved in the show.
The auditions will take place between 10am and 4pm at the Devonport Guildhall in Ker Street.
If you're interested in auditioning for a role in the production visit www.mothn2012.co.uk. Tickets for the show are now on sale from the Plymouth Pavilions' box office.
Call 0845 146 1460 or visit www.plymouthpavilions.com.