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RAF musicians tune up for two special concerts

RAF musicians tune up for two special concerts

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21 Feb, 2020

Inspired by their hugely successful, sold-out 100th-anniversary show at the Royal Albert Hall in 2018, top-flight musicians from the Royal Air Force are tuning up in preparation for two special concerts this spring.

Inspired by their hugely successful, sold-out 100th-anniversary show at the Royal Albert Hall in 2018, top-flight musicians from the Royal Air Force are tuning up in preparation for two special concerts this spring.

With performances at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham, on 30 March and the London Palladium on 1 April, A Night with the Royal Air Force & Friends will provide an entertaining musical insight into today’s RAF and how space is beginning to shape its future role.

This audio-visual spectacular will showcase the virtuosity of the Bands of the RAF, the Salon Orchestra as well as the big band sound of the legendary RAF Squadronaires. Joining them on stage will be Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp and his wife Shirlie, the former Wham! backing singer, as well as one half of the 1980s pop duo Pepsi & Shirlie.

Martin and Shirlie, who have been touring with their Big Band Broadway show, will perform two celebrated numbers from the Great American Songbook: ‘You Make Me Feel So Young’ and ‘The Way You Look Tonight’.

Featuring a thrilling programme of music that seamlessly blends the traditional with more contemporary numbers by Queen, David Bowie and McFly’s Tom Fletcher, A Night with the Royal Air Force & Friends takes the audience on a thrilling journey around the globe and on to the final frontier – space – courtesy of a specially recorded message from astronaut Tim Peake.

Among the highlights of the evening will be a special appearance by actress and rapper Paigey Cakey, who will perform alongside the Queen’s Colour Squadron of the RAF. Also taking to the stage will be a rousing youth choir and the RAF Air Cadets, who will perform their own unique vision of the future through poetry and prose.

Add to this a rousing finale featuring ‘This is Me’ from the smash-hit musical The Greatest Showman and A Night with the Royal Air Force & Friends is set to be one of the best feel-good nights out in London and Birmingham for a long time.

Book your tickets now

Symphony Hall, Birmingham: call the box office on 0121 780 3333 or click here
The London Palladium: call the box office on 0207 087 7755 or click here

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