Skip Navigation

Latest News

RAF Musicians Tune Up For Flying Visit

Published: 14 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. 

With performances at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham on March 30 and the London Palladium on April 1, 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 80s 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, 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 as well as 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; A Night with the Royal Air Force & Friends is set to be one of the best feelgood nights out in London and Birmingham for a long time.
Book tickets now:

Symphony Hall, Birmingham: Box Office 0121 780 3333
The London Palladium: Box Office 0207 087 7755

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

Sign up for emails about the Air Tattoo, Concerts and Merchandise