Lossiemouth military wives join Lulu on Aberdeen stage

Lossiemouth choir will sing with Lulu in Aberdeen on Monday (pic: Emma Matthias)
Lossiemouth choir will sing with Lulu in Aberdeen on Monday (pic: Emma Matthias)

A MORAY CHOIR is set for the concert of their lives when they take to the stage in support of legendary Scots star Lulu in Aberdeen on Monday.

The RAF Lossiemouth Military Wives Choir have been working flat out rehearsing their big moment on stage at the His Majesty’s Theatre Aberdeen when they will back the Glasgow-born superstar as she performs ‘Cry’, a new recording released last month.

Events co-ordinator for the choir is Victoria Moffat who admitted the ladies were all very nervous but equally excited about working with the singer.  She said: “Lulu and her brother wrote the song, which is about post-traumatic stress disorder, especially to perform with a military wives choir.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us to sing with Lulu – for many of us it is a dream come true and we are so excited and privileged to have been given this honour.

“Post-traumatic stress disorder is something many wives in the forces are silently dealing with, it is very hard for families when husbands are diagnosed with it – so for Lulu and her brother to write a song to promote the recognition of PTSD is absolutely brilliant.”

All proceeds from the sale of ‘Cry’ are being donated to the Military Wives Choir Foundation with the singer performing the song with different choirs throughout her current UK tour – including the Kinloss Military Wives Choir, who supported Lulu at her concert in Inverness last night.

Lulu said: “Having a different Military Wives Choir join me onstage every night will be a lot of fun – but on a more serious note, later in my life I was diagnosed as having post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and what that did was help me to relate even more with our men and women in the armed forces.

“I realised I would like to do something to help, so we recorded ‘Cry’ and my brother and I rewrote the lyrics to apply specifically to the military.

“PTSD is not just about physical scars; it’s about the emotional scars, and they run very deep. They are enormous and very difficult to deal with. We need everybody’s support.”

Last night Victoria reminded people that the Lossiemouth choir have an ‘open doors’ policy for any ladies with a military backgroud.  She said: “Wives partners and daughters of serving military personel or wives and partners of ex-serving military personel, and of course military and veterans too, are all welcome.

“We rehearse at St Aidens Church at Raf Lossiemouth Tuesday nights 7pm – 9pm and if interested to send us an email at Lossiemouth@Militarywiveschoirs.org or check our Facebook page for updates.”