RAF band concert at Newark Palace Theatre marks charity anniversary
A concert at Newark Palace Theatre by the Band of the Royal Air Force College will mark the 15th anniversary of a Newark-based charity. The performance, on Thursday, will support the Royal Air Force Musical Charitable Trust.
Established in 1920, the Band of the RAF College is one of the finest military bands in the country.
Based at nearby RAF Cranwell, the band routinely performs at the country’s state ceremonial events and regularly performs at the UK’s major concert venues.
The Palace concert will raise money for welfare funds of various Service charities.
It is part of a series of concerts around the UK to mark the charity’s 15th anniversary.
There have also been performances at the Grand Hall in Scarborough, Sheffield Cathedral, Chester Cathedral, and the Winter Gardens, Weston-Super-Mare,
The charity was established in 2004 with the charitable object of raising welfare funds through the performance of live music by Royal Air Force musicians.
Through the organisation of around 80 concerts, it is estimated that the charity has donated more than £60,000 to various Service charities and other welfare causes.
The charity is run entirely by three former Royal Air Force musicians, all veterans of the 1991 first Gulf War, having seen active service in various field hospitals in Saudi Arabia, carrying out their then RAF musician ‘war role’ as medical support staff.