Registered Charity No.1101767
The Royal Air Force Music Charitable Trust was established in December 2003 by Malcolm Goodman MBE (Honorary Administrator), who was then serving as principal horn with the Band of the RAF Regiment, and Public Relations and Marketing Manager for the RAF Music Services. Following the appointment of former Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Graydon GCB CBE as its President, the charity was subsequently registered with the Charity Commission in January 2004.
With its charitable objects ‘Raising welfare funds through the performance of live music by Royal Air Force musicians’, the charity primarily organises fund raising concerts in locations where the bands might otherwise not be able to perform. Through these concerts and the sale of RAF Music CDs and merchandise, the charity raises funds from which donations are also made to various RAF and other Service charities. However, as RAF musicians now routinely undertake operational deployments in support of H M Forces around the world, the charity also provides welfare support whilst deployed ‘out of area’.
With the public image of RAF bands on the concert stage and at State Ceremonial events, as 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force itself, following the deployment of RAF musicians during the 1991 Gulf War, it is important to remember all military musicians now routinely undertaking operational deployments in support of H M Forces around the world.
RAF musicans past and present undertaking their routine musical duties and operational deployments overseas......