Today, Laura Wright, the well-known and much-loved British mezzo-soprano joins the Military Wives Choirs family as their newest Ambassador. Laura is no stranger to the Military Wives Choirs having collaborated with us during the development of the album Remember.
in 2018. She wrote and performed one of the album tracks, Brave and has supported them ever since.
“Laura sings like an angel, looks equally as heavenly and writes from the heart, pulling at our emotions as her voice spirals somewhere upwards. Laura regularly reaches out to veterans and the wider military community to help foster a love of singing, build confidence, and heal emotional wounds. Now Laura will be able to sprinkle some of that same fairy dust over our amazing network and I for one can’t wait to find out what we will achieve!” said Heidi, Salisbury Plain Military Wives Choir.
Laura’s long standing passion for singing is demonstrated by her winning the 2005 BBC Young Chorister of the Year at just 15 years of age. Since then, she has gone on to write and record numerous albums and perform at many high-profile events, including Her Majesty’s 90th birthday and the annual Invictus Games Opening Ceremony, for which she wrote and performed Invincible.
Not only is Laura a long-established singer and composer, but she also undertakes a vast amount of charity work. She supports numerous charitable organisations such as the Disabled Veteran’s Scholarship Fund, Soldier’s Arts Academy, Age UK, Cancer Research UK, and is an Ambassador for many others, including The Invictus Games, SportsAid and Nordoff Robbins – the music therapy charity, all of which are a testament to her commitment to helping others, through the power of music.
“It is hard to describe the impact that being part of an all-female ensemble can have, particularly as a Mum. Performing with and writing music for the Military Wives Choirs back in 2018 was such a pleasure: it gave me an enormous sense of warmth and made me feel so proud. However, after recently working closely with individual members of the Military Wives Choirs, I realised that many of these women live their whole lives with the same level of extreme isolation that many of us have just experienced for the very first time. Singing gives us emotional awareness – it allows us to recognise and express our feelings, as well as relating to the feelings of others around us. I am thoroughly delighted to become an Ambassador and to continue my work with this wonderfully supportive organisation” said Laura.
As both an independent charity and subsidiary of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, MWC work collaboratively with SSAFA in their mission to provide support to our Forces and their families; as such, we are both grateful and delighted to have Laura onboard as one of our Ambassadors to help us continue our mission to support our network through the power of singing.
Hilary Davan Wetton, Artistic Director of the Military Wives Choirs, said: “It is a delight for me to welcome Laura Wright as an Ambassador for the Military Wives Choirs. Her great musical gifts are matched by her enthusiasm and grace; we have much enjoyed collaborating with her on several occasions and the choirs hugely appreciate the warm friendliness she demonstrates towards them whenever we work together. It is very important to this crucial enterprise that we have advocates to maintain and enhance the reputation of the Military Wives Choirs, both for fine music making and for changing lives through singing. No one will do this better than Laura.”
If you would like to find out more about Laura Wright and her new role as an Ambassador for the Military Wives Choirs, visit their website at Trustees and Special Advisors – Military Wives Choirs.