The Royal Air Force in Concert
MICHAEL DRAKE Norwich Theatre Royal
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Last evening's RAF Charitable Trust concert to mark the 60th anniversary of the start of a drive to international co-operation, embodied in the then new United Nations, was a treat.
This was the big band sound par excellence, conducted by Wing Commander Stuart Stirling and it was his Global co-operation fan-fares which opened this concert - one of a nationwide tour.
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While Spartacus didn't exactly sparkle, Gershwin and Nigel Hess' Global Variations, the symbol of hope, were full of rhythm, while subtle lighting enhanced the visual effect of the near 40-piece band filling the stage.
Some outstanding solo spots, vocal and instrumental, contin-ued the variety of the programme of marches, jazz, classical and popular music which included violins in a Riverdance sequence.
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Actor Gareth Hunt made poignant the introductions, which included, of course, the Dambusters March and nostalgia in a salute to Glen Miller and, of course, the RAF March Past.
Per ardua ad astra - the RAF Concert Band made the heights easily.