Kinloss military wife choir member set for performance of her life

From Kinloss to the Carnegie Hall in New York for local Military Wives Choir member
From Kinloss to the Carnegie Hall in New York for local Military Wives Choir member

A MEMBER OF the Kinloss Military Wives choir is set to top her recent on-stage appearance with Lulu in Inverness by taking part in a very special performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Buna Seru, whose husband Ben is currently based at Kinloss Barracks with 39 Engineers, has been offered a place with a 125-strong military wives choir set to take the stage at the prestigious venue in May.

Buna, who is originally from Fiji, appeared with the Kinloss choir at Eden Court earlier this month – now the mother of three is excitedly gearing up to sing alongside a specially formed choir who will perform under the direction of Paul Mellor, who wrote the Christmas No.1 ‘Wherever You Are’ in 2011.

That raised over £650,000 for SSAFA and the Royal British Legion – and Paul followed it up with ‘In My Dreams’ for a military wives choir to perform at the Royal Albert Hall Festival of Remembrance a year later.

Now choir members from around the country are taking part in the international event on May 27 presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York.

Buna said that the opportunity was “another open door of happiness”, adding: “Being given the chance to perform at the Carnegie Hall is something that dreams are made of – I did not imagine joining the local military wives choir would lead to something as exciting as this.”

For the United States event all choir members are responsible for meeting their own costs – and for that Buna’s colleagues at the Kinloss choir are working hard to help her. A coffee morning fundraiser has been organised at the Findhorn Village Centre on Saturday (April 2) at 10.30am.

The general public can also help towards the expense of taking the choir to New York with an online funding page  set up seeking to raise £30,000 for the event.