RAF Spitfires Choir Perform for Strictly Come Dancing

 

It has been an amazing few weeks for The RAF Spitfires Choir; firstly, taking up their regular slot in Covent Garden to support the launch of the Royal British Legion London Poppy day. After a performance at Heathrow airport the Choir made their way to Covent Garden to deliver two performances to the generous and supportive crowds.

Continuing the support for Remembrance, the RAF Spitfires Choir were privileged to be able to support a moving dance tribute to Remembrance on Sunday’s Strictly Come Dancing results show (12 Nov 17). Twenty members of the Choir attended Elstree studios to film the moving arrangement and were honoured to be invited to contribute musically to the fitting and poignant routine that opened the show. No strangers to the Strictly Come Dancing team, the RAF Spitfires Choir previously met some of the professional dancers while supporting the Royal British Legion London Poppy Day events.

RAF Spitfires Choir Perform for Strictly Come Dancing

As if this was the pinnacle they were able to represent the RAF again by leading the singing at the England v Australia Rugby match, at Twickenham, on Saturday 18th of November, where they sang I vow to thee my country and the National Anthem.

RAF Spitfires Choir Perform for Strictly Come Dancing

After such a plethora of prestigious events, Flight Lieutenant Adele Dunlop the RAF Spitfires Choir manager said “The day at Elstree was an amazing experience. As a group of people who want to represent our Service and pay respects to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, to be involved in this project with the Strictly Come Dancing team has been an absolute honour. Raising awareness and rethinking remembrance is such an important part of our role as Service personnel.”

Adele, who is based at RAF Brize Norton, managed to set up the gig at Twickenham much to the delight of the rest of the Choir.

Musical Director Squadron Leader Andrew Baatz added “This participation is also testament to the choir’s standard and status as musicians. They are hardworking and committed and very proud to have the opportunity to represent the RAF, and all the Services, in front of millions of television viewers.”

The RAF Spitfires Choir had a good interaction with the Strictly Stars and the Choir members were also able to give Anton du Beke the advice he asked for on how to salute for the show’s routine.

All the dancers were wonderful and very supportive of the RAF Spitfires Choirs debut on the show. The Choir has appeared on television previously as part of the BBC’s Breakfast programme when they performed ‘1914 the Carol of Christmas’ written by Chris Eaton. It has also enjoyed a number of guest appearances on BBC Radio 3, working alongside the BBC Singers.

The RAF Spitfires Choir is a voluntary choir and are always looking for opportunities to perform to help raise awareness and charity funding for the charities of all 3 Services. They have been supported by RAF Charities in the past and most recently are thankful for the support of the RAF Central Fund. The RAF Spitfires Choir would also be very pleased to hear from good singers, keen to contribute creatively to this cause, and to move the choir on to even greater musical heights. Further information about the Spitfires Choir can be found at their website www.rafspitfireschoir.org.uk