Monday, 19 November 2018

Seventy-five years on from ‘finest hour’

TICKETS are on sale for an RAF concert in honour of all those who helped defend

TICKETS are on sale for an RAF concert in honour of all those who helped defend Britain in 1940, whose spirit lives on in the men and women of today’s Royal Air Force.

Whether combatting the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain or scrambling Typhoons to escort Russian Bears off the Cornish coast in 2015, the crucial role of the Royal Air Force in securing our skies remains as important today as it was 75 years ago.

The concert, which takes place at the Swan theatre in Wycombe on Sunday, November 1, will turn the spotlight not only on the celebrated ‘Few’ but also on the unsung heroes who contributed to Britain’s ‘Finest Hour’.

Featuring the Central Band of the RAF, the show will include rousing military marches, popular songs from the era and big band numbers and classical pieces.

From Bernstein’s Mambo to Holst’s Mars, the concerts will serve as a musical tribute to all those who participated in the Battle of Britain and those who have inherited their legacy.

The concert will also feature dramatic historical and modern footage of the RAF on a large screen and is staged in support of the RAF Charitable Trust. It will be compered by BBC Radio 2’s Alan Dedicoat.

Concert organiser Tina Outlaw said: “We’re looking forward to building on the success of last year’s hugely popular concert which took the audience on an entertaining musical journey that charted the 50 years since the Red Arrows’ first display season.

“This year’s anniversary not only gives us the opportunity to look back to the historic events of 1940 but also to recognise the men and women who continue to protect UK airspace 24/7 today.”

Tickets, priced at £19 to £25, are available from the box office on 01494 512000.

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