Honington members join Proms choir performance to honour First World War

Katie Handley, Janine Lawrence and Louise Corriette
Katie Handley, Janine Lawrence and Louise Corriette
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Three Honington Military Wives choir members have performed at a special Prom to commemorate the First World War.

Louise Corriette, Katie Handley and Janine Lawrence sang in a sell-out concert at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday.

They were joined by choirmaster Gareth Malone and, in a first for the BBC Proms, by life-size puppets from the National Theatre’s production of War Horse.

Mrs Corriette and Mrs Handley’s husbands are currently serving in Afghanistan, while Mrs Lawrence’s son is in the RAF.

“Having husbands away and being a commemorative prom of the centenary on the eve of the First World War was particularly emotional,” said Mrs Corriette, adding that the experience was both ‘exciting and surreal’.

“We made it through until the very last song some how and, when the audience was applauding, that’s when a lot of us fell apart,” she added.

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The 100-strong Proms Military Wives Choir was directed by Gareth Malone and made up of singers from 42 different choirs in the Military Choirs Foundation network.

It contains wives, partners and servicewomen from Navy, Royal Marine, Army and RAF families, coming together from military bases acoss Britain and overseas.

Their story is also being made into a two-part documentary, to shown on the BBC later this year.