Queen guitarist Brian May and West End and Broadway star Kerry Ellis are to top the bill at a prestigious outdoor concert at Royal Air Force Cranwell in Lincolnshire this summer.
Following their successful ANTHEMS tour Kerry and Brian will perform outside the historic College Hall on Saturday 16 July in aid of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. Also appearing on the night is the Band of the Royal Air Force College Cranwell under the baton of their Director of Music, Flight Lieutenant Matt Little, as well as the Salon Orchestra of the Central Band of the Royal Air Force.
“ANTHEMS in the PARK will be a fantastic occasion and I’m very grateful to both Brian May and Kerry Ellis in agreeing to perform for us and making what would otherwise be an enjoyable event into a truly outstanding and memorable one,” said Royal Air Force Cranwell’s Station Commander, Group Captain Dave Waddington. “Kerry and Brian will be supported by our very own, world-class Band of the Royal Air Force College and will perform in front of the grandeur of College Hall Officers’ Mess, the most famous building of the Royal Air Force. Brian’s mother and father both served in the Royal Air Force and met at Cranwell, so it especially fitting that he should perform here.”
Given that Royal Air Force Cranwell is the oldest military air academy in the world there will be an air display – weather permitting - and the musical programme will finish with a stunning firework display. The event has been organised by a team of volunteers and all profits made will be donated to charity, the major beneficiary being the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund who provide support to serving and former members of the Royal Air Force, as well as their partners and dependants.
“If you are tempted to spend an evening at the home of the Royal Air Force, being entertained by world famous stars at what is surely the premier music event of the summer and know that every penny made will be donated to charity then please support us by buying a ticket, coming along and joining in the fun,” said Group Captain Waddington.
The ticket sales hotline is 0844 888 9991and tickets are priced as follows:
Child ticket (5-17) £15
Under 5s free
Family ticket (2 Adults and 2 Children 5-17) £65
Gates will open at 4.30 p.m., there will be a fly past at 7.10 p.m. and the concert will start at 7.30 p.m. Concert goers are asked to provide their own seating and for those who do not wish to bring picnics there will be a number of food and drink concessions available on the night including champagne, Pimms and beer tents as well as a hog roast and ice cream vendors.
The concert on 16 July is in aid of the Royal Air Forces Association and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.
RAF personnel and their families dedicate their lives to serving their country. The RAF Association provides the support needed to ensure to that their sacrifice does not end in suffering, poverty or loneliness.
From an injured airman fighting to get back on his feet, to a five year-old missing their parents away on overseas operations, or a WWII veteran needing a shoulder to lean on the RAF Association is dedicated to supporting all serving and ex RAF personnel and their families.
One of the many people that the RAF Association helps is former SAC Jon-Allan Butterworth, 24. Jon was serving in Basra working for Joint Force Helicopter on countermeasures when he lost his arm in a mortar attack.
After leaving the RAF Jon-Allan took up cycling as a professional career. His dream now is to compete at the 2012 Paralympics in London.
His latest challenge on the path to the Paralympics was the UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships in Italy from 11-13 March where the former airmen not only took gold in the men’s C5 kilo event, he set a new world record.
The RAF Association provides Jon-Allan with support and sponsorship to take him to the 2012 Paralympics.
“I want to thank the RAF Association for all their help and ongoing support, without it I wouldn’t have achieved this success.” Jon comments.
Editor: Ruth Vernon.
Photography: RAF/MOD Crown Copyright 2011.