RAF Music Services News

Christmas has arrived at RAF Northolt

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On Thursday 5 December, the Band of the RAF Regiment raised the festive spirits of personnel stationed at RAF Northolt, by staging a Station Christmas concert. 

The Band, under the direction of Principal Director of Music, Wing Commander Piers Morrell, performed traditional Christmas works as well as those not so familiar.  One highlight was Michael Markowski’s Divine Right of Kings, featuring trumpeters Sergeant Ruth Sidney, Corporal Ben Murray and Senior Aircraftman Ben Edwards.  Another highlight was the Band treating the audience to a brilliant arrangement of The Nightmare Before Christmas; a fantastic original film score by Danny Elfman.  The concert not only showed the fantastic musicianship from the players in the Band, but also left Station personnel feeling festive and with a spring in their step before heading back to an afternoon of work.  

A uniformed band take applause at a concert.
Regiment Band receive applause at the Station Lunchtime Concert.

Later that week, on 8 December, the Band hosted a second concert; this time for the children of the families stationed at Northolt.  The event was organised by Sergeant Jeanette Scott and created a fantastic opportunity for a younger audience to experience live music in a fun and informal setting.  The band dressed in festive jumpers and the audience were encouraged to sing and dance along to the music.

People in Christmas jumpers pose for a picture.
Regiment Band supports Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day during a busy day of rehearsals. 

The concert, directed by Flight Lieutenant Tom Rodda, included a selection of seasonal film music, a journey to see the Northern Lights and rounded off with some dancing to a medley of jazzy Christmas classics.  A highlight of the afternoon was Rossano Galante’s Aurora Borealis being performed in the dark, which really emphasised the beauty and mystery of the Northern Lights and brought a magical atmosphere to the studio.

The afternoon was a great success which left the audience and the Band in high spirits; a great end to a Christmassy week at RAF Northolt.

 

Article by Senior Aircraftmen Elliot Milum and Emma Taylor.

Photographs by Sergeant Tim Hynd and Corporal James Giddings

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