X Factor finalist Tracy Solomon among the talent taking to the stage at the Westerham concert
By Jenna Pudelek, chief reporter
KENT NEWS, Friday, August 26, 2011 — Chartwell the country home of Sir Winston Churchill is set to host a tribute concert and aerial display to the Royal Air Force.
The Musical Salute to the Royal Air Force takes place in the tranquil gardens of the National Trust property in Westerham next weekend (September 3-4).
Audience members have been promised a “massively challenging and unique musical programme” played by the Central Band of the RAF.
The Spitfire Choir, which is made up of sixteen personnel, 50 Air Training Corps Cadets, the narration by the RAF’s Presentation Team, an opera singer, Fiona Howell, and a contemporary singer, X Factor finalist Tracy Solomon.
Aerial displays will be provided by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the RAF’s Chinook demonstration and, only on Saturday, The Blades Aerobatic Team.
Andy Pawsey, creative director and former RAF Squadron Leader, said: “Our events will always seek to combine different presentation elements with the highest production values. We want to tell stories, to engage with the spectators, we want to make them laugh and make them cry and leave with a little more knowledge of the work of our brave servicemen and women.”
The concert will also feature a collection of video material and aircraft in the skies showing the work of the RAF through the ages and in the present day.
For more information and tickets visit www.synergyeventsuk.com. The Salute is being staged in support of the RAF Association’s Wings Appeal.