RAF stage patriotic concert compered by BBC broadcaster

A fantastic fundraising evening of rousing big-band tunes takes place in Eastbourne later this month.

The Royal Air Force is offering people in Eastbourne the chance to unfurl their Union flags once more and enjoy an evening of unbridled patriotic pride to mark an incredible year full of celebration.

Featuring the Central Band of the Royal Air Force, the big band sound of the Squadronaires and popular soloist Flight Lieutenant Matthew Little, the Royal Air Force in Concert will take its rousing Diamond Jubilee tour to the Congress Theatre on Wednesday, October 31.

The compere will be veteran BBC Radio 2 broadcaster Ken Bruce.

The programme - a stirring mix of classical, military and popular pieces - will feature perennial favourites such as the Dambusters March and Jerusalem alongside new compositions written to capture the spirit of this extraordinary year.

At the heart of the performance will be music celebrating The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, including Walton’s Orb and Sceptre, written to mark the Coronation in 1953 and a light-hearted Tri-Service tribute.

Music from throughout The Queen’s reign will also feature from the big band sound of the Ted Heath Orchestra to Matt Monro, The Beatles and Amy Winehouse.

The conductor for the evening will be the RAF’s Principal Director of Music Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs. He said, “The Bands of the Royal Air Force have been at the heart of events in this Diamond Jubilee year, including the Royal Muster at Windsor Castle in May, the Thanksgiving Service in Westminster Abbey as well as entertaining visitors at the Olympics and we are looking forward to sharing some of the excitement, pride and success we experienced in this special year with the audience in Eastbourne.”

The performance, which is staged in support of the RAF Charitable Trust, starts at 7.30pm and tickets are available, priced £16, £19 and £22, from the Box Office on 01323 412000 or online at www.rafinconcert.com