December 15th 2015

Musical cadets take to the stage for Christmas

Over 40 cadets took to the stage over the weekend to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain at a Christmas Carol concert.

Cadets from Derbyshire Army Cadet Force (ACF) Band came together with the Rotary Club of Long Eaton on Saturday 12 December at the event which has previously celebrated Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and commemorated World War One.

The event, which was held at May Hall in Long Eaton, also saw nine cadets being presented with their Gold Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) awards.

Wing Commander Phil Giles OBE DL, East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association’s Derbyshire County Chairman, said “We are thrilled to once more welcome Cadets from Derbyshire ACF to the stage at this event which annually raises money for charity. Each year we have commemorated a poignant event in military history and thought it fitting to recognise that 2015 marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.”

The concert included both group and solo performances from the cadets who performed ‘Walking in the Air’, ‘Dambusters’ and a rendition of ‘Do they know it’s Christmas’ to name a few.

Cadet Lance Corporal Natalie ColegateCadet Lance Corporal Natalie Colegate, aged 18, played the Euphonium and performed a solo at the event. She said: “The concert was an absolutely fantastic experience; I loved every minute of it sharing good music with excellent musicians. I was nervous to start with during my solo but gained confidence and enjoyed it. I finished with tears of joy.”

Lieutenant Peter Ward, Director of Music at Derbyshire ACF, said: “I am so proud of the cadet’s achievements today, and their professionalism has shone through.

“Today was the accumulation of months of hard work, practicing both at band practice and at home. The concert would not have been so successful without the cadet’s efforts and the staff who pulled everything together.”

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“The concert was an absolutely fantastic experience"