Royal Air Force Concert and Sunset Ceremony

A night of music on Friday 16th June at the historic 12th century Missenden Abbey will raise funds for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund following the success of last year’s event which boosted the Fund by £5,000. Supported by local performers, the Central Band of the Royal Air Force, who will take part in the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III, will perform a wide repertoire including pieces from the Coronation, the majestic music of William Walton and the up-tempo riffs of Queen’s greatest hits.

As the sun goes down over the Abbey, the Band will be joined by the Great Missenden Choral Society after which the Band will perform a marching display before coming into position for a sunset ceremony. Similar ceremonies have taken place in camps and garrisons around the world since the days of Wellington. As the bugle calls sunset, the ensign will be lowered by the Royal Air Force Regiment with the salute taken by Group Captain Toria McPhaden, Commanding Officer of RAF Northolt.

Tickets start at £15 for admission to the grounds and £65 for VIP area with banquet dining, giving opportunities for guests to either bring their own picnics or enjoy a more formal setting, and are available from www.missendenabbey.co.uk  from Friday 24th March.

Neil Tomlin, Regional Director, RAF Benevolent said: ‘This event will once again celebrate the generous contribution made by all of those in our armed forces and remember the great sacrifice made to preserve our freedom. Last year the event raised £5,000, with all the money going towards the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund which is there to serve all members of the Royal Air Force Family, whether serving or veterans, providing practical, emotional and financial support whenever and wherever they need us. We are delighted that Missenden Abbey and the Central Band of the Royal Air Force have chosen to support us again this year and look forward to a magnificent evening of entertainment at this stunning location.’