Petawawa’s Military Wives Choir to sing at 2017 INVICTUS Games

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By: Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Canadian Military Wives Choirs Petawawa has been invited to sing at the Opening Ceremony of the 2017 INVICTUS Games on Sept. 23.

They need local support, however, to cover the travel fees to Toronto where the games will be held and televised internationally. To reach their goal of $6,000, the group will be holding a variety of fundraisers in the coming months to prepare for their journey. This includes a goodwill donation concert on April 30 at 1 p.m. at the Wesley United Church in Pembroke.

The Invictus games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support, rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding of and respect for those who serve their country, and their loved ones.

The Opening Ceremony will be a two-hour live show hosted by His Royal Highness Prince Harry featuring INVICTUS athletes, celebrities, world dignitaries, musical artists, and other special guests. It will be aired on CTV, TSN, ESPN, BBC and other participating countries’ domestic broadcasters. “The most fun part is that my mum will be sitting in Scotland and will be able to hear me sing with the choir,” said Choir President Henrietta Biddiscombe. “A lot of the international ladies are really excited about that.”

The group plans to sing a rewritten version of the song Invincible by Walter White and Klaus Mikaelson, as well as a few other selections. They will join other Canadian Military Wives Choirs from bases across Canada including Ottawa, Edmonton, Comox, North Bay, Trenton, Valcartier and Kingston.

Biddiscombe never expected the choir, and its sister chapters, to grow so large or to perform for an international audience of this size. “There are choirs right across Canada,” she said. “We’d really like to have one on every base.

“Singing with the ladies is really uplifting, it is really something special,” added Biddiscombe. “We really bond and become a family. It isn’t about singing well. It is about having the support you need.” The local choir is currently 68 members strong; about 36 are preparing to sing in Toronto. This number may fluctuate due to responsibilities at home.

Nonetheless, the group is working together to fund this performance. Other fundraisers include a raffle and a comedy show on June 22.

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The INVICTUS Games will be held from Sept. 23 to 30, and will see more than 550 ill, injured and wounded service men and women from 17 allied nations compete in 12 adaptive sports.