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RAF Bands Celebrate 100 Years of the Royal Air Force

Published: 01 Aug 2018   updated: 10 Aug 2018


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 23rd September and ending in Manchester on 31st 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 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.

Tour organiser Tina Outlaw said: "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 concert tour will visit: 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, 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.

Tickets start from £10 and are available to purchase now via rafinconcert.com.

"The concert was excellent. A wonderful evening of great music, expertly played. My wife and I go to many musical concerts during the year and the highlight of them all is undoubtedly the RAF in Concert". - Mr SD, 2017 audience member.

“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, Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show Iíve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

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