MORE than 60 choirs across the UK and overseas, including the Defence Academy Choir from Shrivenham have come together for the Military Wives Christmas album.

With more than 1000 wives taking part, the new release, Home For Christmas will be out on November 25 and is the biggest yet.

Following the success of their number one single Wherever You Are in 2012, Military Wives choirs have been springing up across the country and abroad bringing more women from within the military community closer together through singing.

Released in 2012, the debut album In My Dreams featured five choirs. Another album Stronger Together followed soon after featuring 760 choir members from 24 choirs.

With 65 participating choirs this year Home for Christmas, an inspirational collection of twelve Christmas carols and songs is the Military Wives biggest project yet.

The six classic carols featured on the album have been updated with lyrics reflecting what Christmas means to women in the military community.

Produced by BMG the album is steered by three accomplished choral conductors, Hilary Davan Wetton, Will Dawes and Mark De-Lisser.

Sue Daniels, chairman of the Military Wives Choirs Foundation said: “We are delighted with the continued achievements and growth of the Military Wives choirs network. The festive season can be a difficult time, particularly for those within the military community.

"By creating Home for Christmas, Military Wives are supporting each other through music and extending this unity to families throughout the UK, and across the world.”

"The Military Wives’ beautiful collection of songs embodies the true spirit of Christmas – its religious significance, love, family and harmony. "