The Wessex Male Choir (www.wessexmalechoir.co.uk), based in Swindon, is fast becoming one of the most successful and sought after male choirs in the country, and is pleased to have Aled Jones as its patron. In July 2011, the choir became International Male Choir Champions at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod. In the past year have performed at Twickenham (England vs Wales Rugby Union International) and at Wembley Stadium (Rugby League Cup Final).
The choir has many links with the military. Their Musical Director is a former trombonist with the Band of the 3rd Battalion Royal Regiment of Wales, and a number of their choristers are also ex-military. One of their tenors currently works at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham, and last year served a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Several of the choir live in and around the town of Royal Wootton Bassett, well known for the way in which its residents have honoured our fallen servicemen and women on their repatriation. The choir therefore has a strong, natural affinity and admiration for the work of the Royal British Legion and for our Armed Forces.
In 2009 and 2010 at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at Colston Hall, Bristol, the choir sang the anthem Blades of Grass and Pure White Stones just before the poppies fell. Wherever they perform this anthem, audiences (and choristers) are visibly moved. It is a poignant and fitting tribute to our lost servicemen and women across the generations.
Wessex Male Choir now wants to use its music to raise money for the Royal British Legion. Two of the choir’s CDs as well as individual tracks are available for download from major on-line music retailers (eg ITunes, Play.com, Amazon.com) and they have decided to donate all of the profits from downloads of the track Blades of Grass and Pure White Stones to the Royal British Legion.