RAF BANDS CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE
The Royal Air Force’s finest musicians are giving audiences across the country their last opportunity to celebrate the centenary at the RAF in Concert Tour where they will be delighted with an all-embracing tribute to mark RAF100. This once-in-a-lifetime event will see the RAF’s principal bands and the Salon Orchestra visit 11 prestigious venues around the UK, starting in Poole on 23 September and ending in Manchester on 31 October.
Concertgoers will be able to enjoy an entertaining programme of music that showcases the performers’ virtuosity, reflecting the modern Royal Air Force of today. From rousing military marches, to toe-tapping big band numbers and timeless classical pieces, accomplished musicians from the Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment, the Central Band of the Royal Air Force and the Band of the Royal Air Force College will shine a spotlight on key RAF events through its history.
Classic military tunes including the The Dambusters March and Spitfire Fugue will share the programme alongside the fantastic big band sound of Glenn Miller’s In the Mood and Keep 'em Flying. Also taking to the stage will be RAF vocalists, Corporal Matthew Walker and Senior Aircraftman Philippa Hobbs, performing some hugely popular songs, including Come Fly With Me, Mr Blue Sky, Stars and Miss Otis Regrets.
Says tour organiser Tina Outlaw, 'The Concert Tour is a fitting finale for a wonderful year of celebrations marking the centenary of the Royal Air Force. RAF 100’s mission has been to commemorate, celebrate and inspire, and what better way to do it than through music spanning the past 10 decades?'
Sponsored by BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin, the concert tour is staged in support of the RAF Charitable Trust. The venues and dates are as follows:
Lighthouse, Poole, 23 September
Bristol Cathedral, Bristol, 25 September
Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 26 September
Theatre Royal, Norwich, 29 September
Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, 3 October
Sage Gateshead, 4 October
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 19 October
Waterfront, Belfast, 23 October
Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, 27 October
Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 28 October
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 31 October
Ticket prices start at £10 and are available to purchase now via rafinconcert.com.
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