16 / 08 / 2018
Musical wives pose in the poppies
Wild Place Project’s unique poppy garden was the location of choice for a photoshoot for a group of musical military wives.
The Bristol Military Wives Choir used the attraction’s Sanctuary Poppy Garden, to promote their new album.
The garden was planted to honour those who have lost their lives defending our freedom and like the wives’ new album, named ‘Remember’, it marks the centenary of the end of World War One.
Joanne Hennessy, a member of the Bristol Military Wives’ Choir, which is made up of around 42 singers, said: “The album features a song named ‘Poppy Red’ so Wild Place Project and its poppy garden was the obvious choice when it came to picking a photoshoot location.”
Wild Place Project’s Sanctuary poppy garden was opened in June this year to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One this coming November 11.
Its opening coincided with the release of the album and features more than 100 varieties of the flower.
Some of the poppies are the same variety which grew in the battlefields on the Somme, Ypres and Passchendaele.
It is the first time that so many different kinds of poppy have been grown in the same place and can be enjoyed by Wild Place Project visitors until October.
The garden is also helping to support the Royal British Legion’s Thank You campaign which honours all of those who have “served, sacrificed and changed our world 1918-2018”.
During their visit, the wives were also treated to a tour inside one of Wild Place Project’s World War Two air raid shelter, which was recently opened to the public.
“The air raid shelter allowed us to have a short singing rendition with the wonderful underground acoustics”, Joanne added.  
The Military Wives Choir is a charity that brings more than 2,000 women in the military community closer together through singing within one of its 75 choirs across the UK and overseas.  
Their album, 'Remember', features 1,105 voices of members across the choirs both nationally and overseas, accompanied by the Band of the Household Cavalry. 
The song 'Poppy Red', which features on the album was written by Owain Park and was inspired by the 1918 poem 'We Shall Keep The Faith' by Miona Micheal, itself inspired by John McCrae's 'In Flanders Fields'. 
‘Remember’ was released on 29 June 2018 to coincide with Armed Forces Day and can be purchased in HMV and on Amazon.
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