Mason sings with Voices of Armed Forces Children Choir

Mason Bassett.

Risedale School pupil Mason Bassett has returned after two days of performing with the Voices of Armed Forces Children Choir.

The 12-year-old joined the choir for a recording session at the legendary RAK Studios in London.

Mason and his fellow choir members, aged six to 18, collaborated with the Chelsea Pensioners for the session.

They recorded two songs which are planned for release later this year on the choir’s upcoming album.

The following day the choir took centre stage at the Celebrating Forces Families Awards Ceremony.

Hosted by Coronation Street star Antony Cotton MBE, the event honoured the strength of military families.

The Voices of Armed Forces Children Choir delivered a performance of their original song Dandelion, which aims to capture the unique experiences of military children.

You can watch their performance on the BFBS Radio Facebook page here.

They further impressed the audience with two additional songs alongside the renowned Military Wives Choir.

Mason began singing with the choir at Le Cateau Community Primary School and has continued since moving into secondary education at Risedale School.

He said: “My favourite part about the choir is meeting other service children and making friends.

“It’s great that we can share our experiences and support each other.”

Due to the choir members being spread across the UK, rehearsals are typically held online with in-person gatherings reserved for special performances like this.

“We were all really nervous before we went on stage, but the huge round of applause we received at the end was amazing,” said Mason.

“I’m proud to be part of the choir and this is an experience I’ll never forget.”

The Voices of Armed Forces Children Choir unites children from across the UK, representing all three branches of the military.

Established by the charity Never Such Innocence, the choir is part of their Voices of Armed Forces Children project.

The project aims to empower children of service members, both active and veteran, to express their experiences through various creative outlets, including songwriting.

Never Such Innocence played a role in propelling the choir to the live semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent in 2022.

The appearance saw them share the stage with the Service Children’s Community Choir from Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire.