Statement on the RAF in Concert Tour
Last year's wonderful Centenary celebrations provided the nation with an opportunity to reflect on the Royal Air Force's history and achievements and encouraged us to look ahead to the next 100 years. To continue this new chapter, we, the organisers of the RAF in Concert Tour, are exploring with RAF Music Services how best to develop and adapt with the times and inspire a new generation about the Royal Air Force and its music.
To give us time to fully focus on creating a more exciting and diverse Concert offer, we have taken the decision not to stage a tour in 2019 but to stage our new concept at a select number of venues in early 2020. If you want to sign up to receive news on what's happening next, just fill out the form here.
What Happened in 2018Alan Dedicoat, the voice of Strictly Come Dancing, took to the stage to compere at Poole, Birmingham, Norwich, Nottingham, Canterbury and Manchester. Alan said he was 'honoured to be appearing once more with the hugely talented girls and boys from the Royal Air Force's Principal bands."
We were also joined by special guest comperes; BBC Radio Scotland's Tony Currie in Glasgow, singer and presenter Aled Jones in Cardiff, TV presenter Paul Clark in Belfast, BBC Look North's Jeff Brown in Gateshead and BBC Points West presenter David Garmston in Bristol.
Classic military tunes including The Dambusters March and Spitfire Fugue shared the programme alongside the fantastic big band sound of Glenn Miller's In the Mood and Keep 'em Flying.
Listen below to examples of some of the songs that were played last year.
Also taking to the stage were 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. Philippa recently sang at the 2018 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which you can watch on BBC iPlayer.
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