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Royal Artillery Band aims to make charity gig a blast

PUBLISHED: 10:54 20 May 2011

Jazz and soul singer Shane Hampsheir with the Royal Artillery Band set to play The Orchard

Jazz and soul singer Shane Hampsheir with the Royal Artillery Band set to play The Orchard

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Bouncing pop songs, traditional military tunes and the first performance of a song dedicated to Japan's earthquake victims will be played when the Royal Artillery Band visits The Orchard.

The band, which marks its 250th birthday next year, will be raising funds for Help the Heroes. Its director of music, Major Neil Morgan, is hoping to top the £4,500 collected at the last charity concert in Blackheath six months ago.

He said: “The first half will include a composition from Philip Sparke, The Sun will Rise Again, which is hot off the presses and written for those in Japan.”

Other treats include an instrumental version of Elvis Presley’s An American Trilogy, Slavonic Rhapsody No 2 by Carl Friedmann and a duet featuring local singer Shane Hampsheir performing Come What May from The Moulin Rouge soundtrack.

The concert is at The Orchard on Friday, May 20, from 7.45pm

n Tickets cost £16 and can be ordered by calling 01322 220 000 or visiting www.orchardtheatre.co.uk

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