RAF musicians live in concert

BANDS of the Royal Air Force will perform at a special concert in Nottingham next week.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 14th November 2011, 10:30 am

The bands of the Royal Air Force are currently on a national concert tour and will call in at the Royal Centre in Nottingham on Saturday 19th November.

It will feature the Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment, the Band of the Royal Air Force College plus Swing Wing.

The programme of music will be compered by BBC Radio 2 broadcaster Ken Bruce and will feature soloists Flight Lieutenant Matthew Little and Joanne Pullen.

It will be conducted by Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs, the RAF’s principal director of music.

Concert organiser Philippa Hayday-Brown said the programme of music will turn the spotlight of those members of the RAF who work behind the scenes to make the RAF such an effective force.

She said: “We hope the concert will give people an opportunity to reflect.”

“Visitors will have the opportunity to record the names of friends, family and comrades who served in the RAF in a special Unsung Heroes’ Book of Remembrance that will be kept at the RAF’s spiritual home – St Clement Danes Church in London, after the concert tour.”

Audience members attending the concert will be able to record the names of their RAF Unsung Heroes in a special book of remembrance that will be displayed at the central church of the RAF, St Clement Danes in London.

On the eve of the tour starting, the musicians recorded their own special messages about who their unsung heroes were.

Drummer Sgt Kevin Miles said his unsung hero was the British Forces Post Office.

“It does a tremendous service,” he said.

“When I was in Iraq all the mail came through, all the parcels. It is such a wonderful system they have set up. My mother wrote to me on an e-bluey at 11pm one evening and I received it by 11am the following morning. It is such a morale boost.”

Horn player, senior aircraftswoman Ellen Driscoll from the Central Band said the families of serving personnel were her unsung heroes.

She said: “They have to follow their partners, mums or dads, around the country and beyond and they have to deal with anxieties and uncertainties when their loved ones are away on deployment whilst being unfailingly supportive of all that they do.”

The performance starts at 7.30pm and tickets are available at £15.50, £18.50 and £21.50.

For details, visit www.airtattoo.com/Concerts_and_Events/RAF_in_Concert.