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RAF Centenary Concert - 100 Years of British Music

Monday June 11, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Barbican Hall, London
£35, £30, £25, £20, £16, £12
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  1. Per ardua ad astra (Through adversity to the stars) - Roderick Williams
  2. I was glad - Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
  3. Coronation Te Deum - Sir William Walton
  4. Simple Symphony Op 4 - Benjamin Britten

London Concert Choir presents the world premiere of a major choral work by British baritone and composer Roderick Williams, commissioned to celebrate and commemorate 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force. The work’s title has been taken from the RAF’s motto. The adult choirs will be joined by a children’s choir recruited from a number of local schools.

With the setting of a wide range of aviation poetry at its heart, the new work conveys the essence of significant episodes in the history of the RAF from its foundation in April 1918 to the present. The choral movements are linked by spoken narrative with background music and the piece also draws on iconic sounds from the history of the Service. The work is intended to become part of the legacy of the RAF’s celebrations and can be scaled down to make it accessible to smaller or less-experienced singing groups.

Proceeds from the concert are being donated to charities, including the RAF100 Appeal – a joint venture between the Royal Air Force and four major RAF charities.

The Central Band of the Royal Air Force appears by permission of the Air Force Board of the Defence Council.

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