Royal Air Force In Concert Celebrating The Red Arrows 50Th Display Season

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Me looking brave before taking to the air (and the wing) of the plane. Wow, it was cold !! But the whole experience was totally exhilarating.

 

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ROYAL AIR FORCE IN CONCERT - Celebrating the Red Arrows 50th Display Season

Date: 21st November 2014

 

My friend and I attended this concert at the Marlow in Canterbury and it was superb – far exceeding expectations. The choice of music was excellent and very wide ranging – from a Queen Medley and Nessun Dorma through Music of the Night to traditional Jerusalem and Rule Britannia.

All the soloists were superb – and it is a trifle unfair to single out any but Corporal Matt Walker sang Music of the Night with as much feeling and expertise as Michael Ball. Violinist Sergeant Hannah l’Anson played with great virtuosity and was a delight. But I will always remember Fnugg Blues played by Johnathan Gawn a composition by Tuba virtuoso Oystein Raadsvik. I could never have believed the Tuba to be so versatile and Funky!

They still have some one night only concert dates around the country so if you are interested go to rafinconcert.com.

I have to admit that I have a very soft spot for the Red Arrows and the Air Force and was fortunate enough to actually fly in formation with the Reds in 1983. At the time I was a well known newsreader and having met the team one Sunday night at the BBC TV Centre (sadly now raised to the ground) was invited by the Team Leader, Wing Commander John Blackwell to fly with the team on a Family Display Day. Annually they flew a well known person who then had the honour of writing the programme preface for the following year. I was preceeded by Nigel Mansell and followed by Torville and Dean. Apart from the birth on my son Jonathan, I think that must be the highlight of a quite exciting life.


 

ROYAL AIR FORCE IN CONCERT - Celebrating the Red Arrows 50th Display Season

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