Gareth Malone & the Military Wives: friendship, support, success

A perfect end to a perfect year, as Gareth Malone and the Military Wives Choir are crowned Classic BRITs Single of the Year - but winning this award is only the start of the journey

Classic BRIT Awards 2012 Backstage

Classical music is such a powerful tool for bringing people together, and the work done by Gareth Malone and the Military Wives Choir is testament to this. Their friendship and support has shown the world what military wives can do - and inspired a host of singers across the country!

Choir-master extraordinaire, Gareth Malone, performed on stage with his choir, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Gary Barlow, in a musical fusion of choral and pop, written by multi-talented composer Paul Mealor.

"This was so much more than a single, it was the beginning of a movement," said Gareth, after he and the Wives received their award. "I think that's what the British public responded to: these amazing women, their story, and everything that happened since."

Paul paid tribute to Gareth at the Classic BRITs ceremony last night. He said: "You've got the whole country singing - thank you."

Gareth Malone and the Miltary Wives