Military wife has hit top of the pops

Anna Philipson, a member of Military Wives, with her sons Thomas and Ben
Anna Philipson, a member of Military Wives, with her sons Thomas and Ben

Mum-of-two Anna Philipson, who grew up in Corby, is a member of Military Wives, the choir whose album soared to Number 1 in the charts last week.

Anna, 34, a former pupil at Danesholme infants and junior school before she moved on to Kingswood and Brooke Weston Academy, is in one of the five choirs featured on the album In My Dreams.

Released by Decca and featuring versions of Bob Dylan’s Make You Feel My Love, Coldplay’s Fix You and With or Without You by U2, the album knocked Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball off the top of the album charts.

Married to Royal Navy lieutenant Matt, also 34, Anna sings the opening verse of Up Where We Belong from the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman on the album.

She said: “It’s all been amazing.

“We are a group of women who started off singing in each other’s living rooms. We were asked if we would be on the album and we were all up for the challenge. It was a great opportunity and a really positive thing to do.”

Anna, who has two sons, Thomas, aged four, and two-year-old Ben, and who is expecting a third child, is a member of the choir made up of military wives from Portsmouth, Fareham and Gosport. It had only been formed for a few weeks when it was invited to be on In My Dreams by TV choirmaster Gareth Malone.

Anna’s parents, James Billett, a retired teacher, and Liz a librarian, and their daughter Clara Buckingham all live in Corby.

She said: “I come back to the town a lot and my family and friends are delighted the album has done so well.”