The Royal Air Force Music Charitable Trust was established in December 2003 by Malcolm Goodman MBE who was then serving as a Royal Air Force musician and also Public Relations and Marketing Manager for the RAF Music Services. Following the appointment of Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Graydon GCB CBE as its President, the charity was registered with the Charity Commission in January 2004.
The charity is managed by trustees Malcolm Goodman (Founding Director & Honorary Administrator) and Trevor McDonald on behalf of the Board of Trustees from its office in Newark in accordance with its objects to 'promote welfare funding through the performance of live music by Royal Air Force musicians'.
As the charity of the Royal Air Force Music Services, through these Royal Air Force band concerts and the sale of RAF Music CDs, the charity raises funds from which donations are also made to other service charities. The charity also provides welfare support for Royal Air Force musicians undertaking operational deployments in support of HM Forces around the world.
The Royal Air Force Music Charitable Trust (not to be confused with the RAF Charitable Trust and RAF Charitable Trust Enterprises), whilst probably being one of the smallest service charities, primarily organises charity concerts in areas and at locations where perhaps the bands would otherwise not be able to perform on a regular basis (see the Events page). However, through the charity it is possible to also arrange RAF band concerts in support of other charitable organisations as shared events. Consequently, if you might wish to consider having an RAF band perform at your own event please go to the 'Contact Us' page to tell us about your own fundraising event.
Finally, as 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of Royal Air Force musicians being deployed on active service during the first Gulf War, it is perhaps a timely reminder that although the public image of the RAF bands might be that of the concert stage and State Ceremonial events, military musicians do also undertake operational duties on a regular basis.
Please view the scrolling images below for a further insight into the variety of activities RAF musicians have undertaken in previous years...
RAF musicans past and present undertaking their routine musical duties and operational deployments overseas......