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RAF Musicians Reach for the Sky

Published: 09 Nov 2017   updated: 24 Nov 2017

We are delighted to announce that Sky Arts will be filming the prestigious RAF in Concert performance at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham later this month.

The special 'Stars and Stripes' themed music spectacular takes place on Wednesday, November 22 as part of celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the United States Air Force.

From the Swing Era to Motown, Country to Rock & Roll, accomplished musicians from the Band of the Royal Air Force College will demonstrate their virtuosity across a wide range of musical genres.

Memorable military marches and classical pieces will share the programme alongside songs immortalised by legendary singers including Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett. Compere for the evening will be popular BBC Radio 2 broadcaster Ken Bruce.

Tour organiser Tina Outlaw said: "We're delighted that Sky Arts will be capturing the RAF in Concert performance at the Symphony Hall as it will help make the evening extra special for both the artists and our audience. Sky Arts is renowned for featuring memorable live entertainment from around the world and its decision to come to Birmingham reflects the high calibre of the musicians who will be performing on the night."

Sponsored by BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin, the concert tour is staged in support of the RAF Charitable Trust. Making his debut on the tour will be conductor Wing Commander Piers Morrell, the RAF's new Principal Director of Music.

Sky Arts is an art-oriented television channel offering 24 hours a day of programmes dedicated to highbrow arts, including theatrical performances, movies, documentaries and music. A transmission date for the Birmingham concert is yet to be confirmed. 

Ticket prices range from £19-£26 and are available to purchase via or from the Symphony Hall box office on 0121 780 3333. The concert starts at 7.30pm.

“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

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