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Monday 24 November 2014

Album launched by army of wives

Gareth Malone joined the Military Wives Choir as they launched a new album
Gareth Malone joined the Military Wives Choir as they launched a new album

Gareth Malone has joined an army of military wives as their ranks swelled to more than 600 for the launch of their new album.

The mass of choristers was attempting to set a new world record for the biggest music video shoot.

The wives assembled at Wellington Barracks in London with choirmaster Gareth to launch Stronger Together which features renditions of tracks such as Take That's Rule The World.

The album features choirs from as far away as Germany and Cyprus and two of the tracks feature 760 members of the combined ensembles which now number 50.

Gareth - awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in the summer - has also been made the first patron of the new Military Wives Choirs Foundation, set up to support a growing network of choirs on military bases.

The first choir he created found huge success last year as the focus of a BBC Two documentary series and went on to have a Christmas number one, Wherever You Are, beating The X Factor winners Little Mix to the prized position.

Gareth has written two songs for the album, which also includes Jubilee anthem Sing and which is due for release on November 5.

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