RAF joins Millais for charity performance

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THE ROYAL Air Force will be joining Millais school musicians in a Horsham performance that will raise money for charity.

The Central Band of the Royal Air Force, which has represented the RAF at every major military event, will be performing with the girls at the Capitol theatre on Friday April 13 in aid of the charity Help for Heroes.

Helen Cockcroft, who is 16-years-old and a grade eight oboe player, said that to play alongside fifty professional musicians is a ‘fantastic opportunity’.

She said: “I have been fortunate enough to visit the band on three occasions and the experience has not only given me the chance to play a different genre of music but has also helped to shape my career ambition to be in a military band.”

Lucy Keeling, 14, the event chairperson for the concert, said: “I was delighted to be asked to organise this concert in aid of Help for Heroes although it is quite daunting to have to organise a concert for an audience of 400 people.

“I have learned a great deal about myself and feel that I am now much more confident in dealing with people. I am also very excited about hosting this prestigious event at The Capitol”.

Rob Jordan, media and communications officer for the central band said that he has no doubt that the evening will be ‘spectacular and one to remember’.

He said: “To have a concert organised by such young people is a first for the Central Band and to have musicians from a school playing with us during the concert is also very rare but the Millais girls all have the necessary talent.”

Tickets for the central band of the Royal Air Force in concert are available from the Capitol Theatre box office. www.thecapitolhorsham.com or telephone: 01403 750220.