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RAF Band entertains at Chichester Cathedral to mark Battle of Britain 75th

The 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of Britain will be marked by an evening of music at Chichester Cathedral.

The Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment will perform a mixed programme of music, including some military-themed pieces as well as some arrangements from the 1940s. These include the Battle of Britain March by Goodwin, Verdi’s Force of Destiny Overture, The Beatles and When You Wish Upon a Star.

The Band of the Royal Air Force RegimentGuest of honour on the night will be Battle of Britain veteran Paul Farnes, who flew with 501 Squadron, and was awarded a Distinguished Flying Medal.

The Band will be conducted by Fg Off Chris I'Anson and proceeds from the event will go to support the work of the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s leading welfare charity.

Paul Hewson, regional director for the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: "The concert at Chichester Cathedral will provide spectacular entertainment in a spectacular setting. As the country marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain it is important to remember The Few who fought so bravely in the skies above England. The RAF Benevolent Fund was there, 75 years ago, supporting the airmen, the injured and their families and we are there for the RAF community today."

There is a rich Battle of Britain heritage in the area surrounding Chichester Cathedral, as Goodwood race circuit, formerly RAF Westhampnett is close by. Gp Capt Douglas Bader was one of the many who flew from there.

The Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment was formed in 1942 and is currently based at RAF Northolt where it moved to purpose-built facilities earlier this year. From Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace to live BBC Radio broadcasts, the Band of the RAF Regiment continues to demonstrate its versatile and unique role.

In addition to undertaking many varied domestic engagements throughout the year, the Band has travelled extensively in support of British Forces overseas. Notable events have included visiting Basra in Iraq for a Beating the Retreat and Sunset Ceremony in 2004, taking part in the 65th Anniversary Parade of the Allied Forces Victory in Europe in Moscow’s Red Square in 2010 and most recently, in 2012, travelling to India to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Tickets for the event, which takes place on July 18, cost between £10 and £25 and are available at

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