Wives on song with fundraiser

A CHOIR which shot to stardom with a Christmas number one is back with a new album in time for Remembrance Sunday.

The album Stronger Together, which will be released next Monday, reunites 24 military choirs with mentor and television choirmaster Gareth Malone who wrote some of the songs performed by the choir.

The Military Wives won the hearts of the nation after appearing with Mr Malone on the BBC Two series The Choir: Military Wives last year and then going on to clinch the Christmas number one slot, with 31-year-old Sarah Clarke from Hartlepool among them.

The choir continues to go from strength to strength.

From the original 100 choir members who featured on the Christmas number one single, the Military Wives have expanded almost eight times their original size to 760 members from British military communities at home and overseas.

Stronger Together was recorded over 20 days by a mobile recording team who covered a distance of 4,500 miles, taking in choirs in Germany and Cyprus.

Last month, the Military Wives broke the world record for the biggest ever video shoot in music history, shooting the video for the title track Stronger Together.

Sarah, a former Lynnfield Primary School and High Tunstall College of Science pupil, grew up in the Wooler Road area of Hartlepool and left town when she was 17.