Gareth Malone’s Military Wives win a Classical Brit

Choirmaster called the single of the year award for 2011 Christmas number one Wherever You Are "the candle on the icing of a very large cake"

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Gareth Malone and his choir of Military Wives won single of the year at the 2012 Classic Brit awards ceremony last night. 

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Their single, Wherever You Are, was released off the back of the BBC2 programme The Choir: Military Wives and quickly topped the charts becoming the 2011 Christmas number one.

The Military Wives choir have since leant their vocals to the Diamond Jubilee anthem, Sing, which was composed by Take That star Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber – and are also releasing their first album, Stronger Together, on 5 November 2012. 

Malone called the award “the candle on the icing of a very large cake.” Speaking to Classic FM, he later added that Wherever You Are was “so much more than a single. It was the beginning of a movement and I think that’s what the British public responded to.” 

The choir, who were there to perform Sing alongside Barlow and Lloyd Webber described the Brit win as the “perfect end to the perfect year.” 

The Classic Brit awards, which was hosted by Myleene Class and held at the Royal Albert Hall, also saw wins from violinist Andre Rieu, 20-year-old pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko and Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti. 

American composer John Williams – who wrote scores for Jaws, Superman and Star Wars – was also honoured with both a lifetime achievement award and the best composer prize for War Horse and The Adventures of Tintin. 

Listen to the Military Wives’ Brit award winning single…

You can watch the Classic Brit awards ceremony on 7 October at 10:20pm on ITV1

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Gareth Malone’s latest choral project, The Choir: Sing While You Work, continues on Thurday at 9:00pm on BBC2