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RAF Centenary Concert - 100 Years of British Music

Monday June 11, 2018 at 19:30
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
  5. March, from Soundtrack to the film 'Things to come' - Sir Arthur Bliss
  6. Theme from 'Ladies in Lavender' - Nigel Hess

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 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. Words and music movingly describe the joy and exhilaration of flying and attest to the courage of the aircrews. The movements are linked by poems spoken by BBC journalist Sophie Raworth and actor Martin Shaw and the piece also features the sounds of iconic aircraft from the history of the Service.

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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