A rousing night of music from RAF

The Central Band of the Royal Air Force SUS-160627-114007001
The Central Band of the Royal Air Force SUS-160627-114007001

Some of the most memorable and recognisable tunes that will forever be associated with the best of British entertainment will feature in a special RAF in Concert performance at the Congress Theatre later this year.

The concert takes place on Wednesday November 30 and will be compered by the voice of Strictly Come Dancing, Alan Dedicoat.

This event is being staged in support of the RAF Charitable Trust.

From Hancock’s Half Hour and The Two Ronnies to James Bond and Phantom of the Opera, some of Britain’s greatest home-grown entertainment milestones will be celebrated through the evocative music they are so fondly identified with.

Featuring popular theme tunes from iconic BBC radio shows, the finest pop music from across the decades and stirring numbers from the stage and screen, audiences will enjoy an evening of first class entertainment performed by leading RAF musicians, as seen at the Festival of Remembrance and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Entertainment of a more traditional nature will also feature, including Fantasia on British Sea Songs, O Fortuna from Carmina Burana plus a special Royal tribute to mark the Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday.

And it wouldn’t be an evening with the Royal Air Force without a selection of rousing British military marches, this year’s programme featuring 633 Squadron, Those Magnificent Men and The Dambusters March.

The RAF’s leading vocalist Sqn Ldr Matt Little will be joined on stage by West End performer Sarah Francis for a special tribute to British musicals and popular entertainment – from Oliver! to Matt Monro. Matt is the main featured soloist of the RAF Central Band for years and has performed at engagements including the Festival of Rememberance and Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Tour organiser Tina Outlaw said: “We’ve brought together a wonderful programme of music that will reflect the best of British Entertainment. The evening will be a wonderful reminder of the rich seam of talent that has kept us laughing, singing and, occasionally, a little tearful over the years.”

Tickets cost £15 - £25. For details visit rafinconcert.com or call the Congress on 01323 412000