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23 July 2013, 11:05
Social media-savvy singers heard about the choir on Facebook and took singing lessons on YouTube in order to release their fundraising hit.
Singers from across the country are raising money for a fishermen's charity with a new single. The Fishwives Choir, made up of wives, widows and relations of fishermen, have released When the Boat Comes In in support of Fishermen's Mission, a charity which provides emergency support for fishermen and their families.
The charity provided support when Jane Dolby's husband was lost at sea, so she was keen to give something back to the charity. After growing up surrounded by classical music from a young age, it seemed only natural to found a choir with women from her hometown, and later she took to Facebook to recruit women across the country.
Of the 40 women who participated in the recording, only a handful had any musical experience. The vast geographical distances between the choir made rehearsing difficult, so the women used specially recorded videos posted on YouTube from two vocal coaches.
"When I lost Colin 4 years ago, I didn't think I'd ever look forward to anything again but this choir has brought me back to life and brings a smile to my face again," said Jane.
All the profits from the release will go to the Fishermen's Mission. The single is available to pre-order on iTunes now.