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Concerts in Canterbury mark 50 years of the RAF Red Arrows and welcome the Coldstream Guards, November 2014


Stirring music will mark the 50th display season of the RAF’s Red Arrow in concert form.

Top musicians from the Bands of the RAF are coming to Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre, and Cadets from 312 (Canterbury) Sqn will be playing a vital role as they represent the Air Cadet Organisation in the concert on Tuesday, November 18.

The Red Arrows
The Red Arrows

Every year Air Cadets from a local squadron are asked to help at each concert on the 15-venue tour, being staged by top RAF musicians all around the country. The concert will raise money for the RAF Charitable Trust, which supports the RAF family, with the Air Cadet Organisation being the main beneficiary. Young volunteers from the squadron will sell programmes and flags, and meet and greet the audience.

The 50th display season of the RAF’s aerobatic display team will be celebrated in music specially chosen to match the colourful, flamboyant and entertaining performances for which “the Reds” have become renowned. From rousing military marches and big-band numbers to memorable musical moments from the stage and screen, the Bands of the Royal Air Force promise to serve up a feast
of classics that have provided the soundtrack to historic events since the Red Arrows first took to the skies.

BBC broadcaster Alan Dedicoat will compere the programme by the Central Band of the RAF and soloist Cpl Matthew Walker.

The show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost from £17. Call 01227 787787 or visit www.rafinconcert.com

Alan Didicoat will compere the Marlowe Theatre programme
Alan Didicoat will compere the Marlowe Theatre programme


The oldest and most famous of all military bands be in Canterbury this weekend to raise funds for armed forces families in the area.

Just a week after performing at the Festival of Remembrance in London for the Royal family, the Band of The Coldstream Guards will play at the University of Kent.

The Coldstream Guards
The Coldstream Guards

All profits from the concert at the Colyer-Fergusson Hall on Saturday, November 15, will go to the Canterbury Division of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA).

“It should be a very moving evening of wonderful, stirring music, and we are incredibly grateful to the Coldstream Guards for supporting us,” says Canterbury-based Major Gerry Bartlett.

“This concert will enable my volunteers to go out and help many, many more ex-Servicemen, women and their dependants who are down on their luck, often penniless, homeless and hopeless at this recessionary time.”

The Band, led by Major Darren Wolfendale which has 47 musicians, will be playing a blend of military marches and classics from their two successful albums that have both reached No.1 in the classical charts.

The music begins at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £19. Visit www.thegulbenkian.co.uk or call 01227 769075.

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