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Don't Panic! Pike in control for RAF concert

DAD'S ARMY star Ian Lavender has joined up for real... as compere at the Royal Air Force bands' concert at Birmingham's Symphony Hall on Thursday October 30.

DAD'S ARMY star Ian Lavender has joined up for real... as compere at the Royal Air Force bands' concert at Birmingham's Symphony Hall on Thursday October 30.

This is the first tour to feature the actor, best known for his role as Private Pike in the BBC comedy series, as compere. Ian said: "I was delighted to be asked to work with the Bands of the Royal Air Force, and I'm looking forward to taking part in a very special concert, celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Royal Air Force."

The Birmingham event features the Central Band of the Royal Air Force, based at RAF Uxbridge, augmented by the big-band sound of the Squadronaires plus the Salon Orchestra, a quintet of musicians who provide a stringed element to the performance.

And the special anniversary programme promises a mix of light classics, jazz, big band and music from the shows to appeal to all ages.

The musical journey, reflecting the Service's past, present and future, includes a triumphant finale, reminiscent of the Last Night of the Proms. Each performance starts at 7.30pm and tickets are available from the Symphony Hall (tel: 0121 780 3333) priced at £13.50, £16.50 and £19.50.

Wing Commander Stuart Stirling will be conducting the programme, and musical highlights will include the swing classic String of Pearls; John Addison's theme from the film A Bridge Too Far; the coronation march, Crown Imperial, by Sir William Walton; and Hubert Parry's hymn Jerusalem, one of the traditional elements of the Last Night.

More information and full concert tour venue details are available on the website: www.airtattoo.com/events/RAFInConcert.

 

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