8th July 2013
The Royal Air Force Association has received a £50 donation from local insurance company Hastings Direct's community programme — A Helping Hand to help stage its annual charity concert at the De La Warr Pavilion on Sunday July 14th.
The concert, which starts at 7.30p.m., will raise money for the RAFA's Wings Appeal which supports ex-service members of the RAF and their dependants.
Hastings Direct's A Helping Hand makes financial, professional and physical support available to the local community. Each month Hastings is able to offer either professional support from its 1,500+ staff, or physical support with team building days. In addition, Hastings has made a small monthly grant available to support local funding.
This year's concert will be performed by a rare combination of two ensembles from the RAF Central Band. An eighteen piece Big Band the "Red, White & Blues" will join-up the six piece string "Salon Orchestra" to play a programme of old and new favourites with a star appearance from Molly Walsh.
Sgt Chris Quinn leads the Red White & Blues in playing a wide repertoire of music ranging from the ever popular swing and dance sounds of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Stan Kenton through to arrangements of the popular music of today. Chief Technician Barry Stringer has been associated with the Salon Orchestra since he joined the RAF in 1986. The orchestra can trace its roots back to 1937 as part of the RAF Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra is in great demand and regularly performs at prestigious receptions, luncheons and dinners where a touch of pageantry is appropriate.