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Outdoor concert of the year
Open To The Skies


Sunday 24TH JULY 2022

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Battle of Britain memorial flight:

  • CENTRAL BAND OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE
  • THE SQUADRONNAIRES
  • RAF FALCONS
  • PIPES & DRUMS
  • FABULOUS FIREWORK DISPLAY
  • PICNIC IN THE GLORIOUS GROUNDS OF BOWOOD HOUSE & GARDENS
  • Open To The Skies

    Bowood House & Gardens

    The beautiful Bowood House & Gardens is a fantastic setting in which to hold the "Open To The Skies" concert. We are looking forward to being entertained by the Central Band of The Royal Air Force which appears by permission of the Air Force Board of the Defence Council. Many other acts will be attending such as soprano Matilda Wale, The Wessex male choir will feature, as well as The Wiltshire Army Cadet Force Corps of Drums.

    With the Central Band of the Royal Air Force. There will also be an opportunity for you to join in the fun, just watch the conductor who will make sure you come in at the right moment.

    Meet the Entertainment

    Various artists and Bands.

    Wessex

    Male Choir

    The Wessex male choir has over the last 18 years built a reputation for its professionalism and entertaining repertoire, and is in great demand. In 2016 The Wessex won the coveted Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival for best choir in all competitions (a prize they also won in 2008 and 2013). More recently, in June 2019, The Wessex won two classes (including the male choir competition) at the Krakow International Choir Festival, Poland in 2019, beating choirs from across Europe.

    Pipes & Drums Military Band

    To Be Confirmed

    We are aiming high, and are just waiting confirmation of a premium pipes and drum military band. Their attendance will be both exciting and offer a real spectical on precision, and amazing sounds. We will release further details on the confirmation over the coming weeks. Its all very exciting.

    The Central Band of the RAF

    Various.

    The Central Band of the Royal Air Force was established in 1920 and since its formation has played an integral and unique role in military life and in the musical world. In 1922 they were the first military band to broadcast on the BBC. They play a vital part in State Ceremonial events, as well as performing across the United Kingdom in support of Service charities and Military Tattoos. Central Band have led several commemoration events including the RAF Centenary parade through London in July 2018 when 100 RAF musicians led the parade of over 1000 RAF servicemen and women down the Mall to Buckingham Palace.

    The Main Event

    Gates Open 4:30pm - Event 7:00pm-10:00pm

    Event Start

    18:00

    Opening

    Event 1

    18:20

    Pipes & Drums

    Event 2

    18:40

    Army Cadet Band

    Event 3

    18:55

    RAF Falcon display

    Evening Hymn

    19:13

    RAF Central Band

    Spitfire, Hurricane & Lancaster Flypast


    Sunset


    National Anthem

    19:15

    Festmusik der Stadt

    19:17

    Out of the Blue

    19:22

    Stars (Schoenburg arr Wiffin)

    19:25

    Lux Aeterna (Nimrod)

    19:30

    The Wessex

    Finale from Enigma Variations

    19:33

    Benedictus (Jenkins arr Hynd)

    19:39

    Invincible (Malone arr)

    19:45

    Anthem from Chess

    19:48

    Riverdance

    19:54

    RAF Central Band

    F-35 Lightning II (Pierce)

    19:59

    Highland Cathedral

    20:05

    Pipes & Drums

    Pipes & Drums Solo

    20:08

    RAF Squadronnaires

    20:16

    Interval

    20:30

    RAF Central Band

    Spitfire (Roe)

    20:54

    Excerpts from The Planets

    21:05

    RAF Central Band

    Ave Maria (Schubert arr)

    21:14

    O Mio Babbino Caro

    21:20

    Fantastia on British Sea Songs

    21:25

    1812 Overture (Tchaikovsky)

    21:45

    Jerusalem

    22:03

    RAF March Past

    22:08

    RAF Falcons

    Live Display.

    Experience the examples

    Some taster tracks below.

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    Correspondence Address:

    Open To The Skies

    Integer Park, Common Hill,

    Cricklade, Wiltshire
    SN6 6HA

    visit@opentotheskies.co.uk

    Venue / Event Address:

    Open To The Skies

    Bowood House & Gardens, Derry Hill

    Calne, Wiltshire
    SN11 0LZ

    visit@opentotheskies.co.uk