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Video clip of The Spitfires singing the traditional spiritual Steal Away

This short video clip shows The RAF Spitfires in concert, as guests of the Reading Male Voice Choir, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in Hook, Hampshire in May 2010.

The Choir sing a beautiful and stirring arrangement of a traditional spiritual song entitled Steal Away, in which the slaves long for the death that will release them from servitude and into the waiting, loving arms of Jesus.

Video clip of The Spitfires arriving at their inaugural concert

This clip shows The RAF Spitfires taking their places in the RAF Central Church of St Clement Danes in the Strand, London for their inaugural concert in November 2010.

The concert also featured guest performances from The Metropolitan Police Male Voice Choir and a chorus drawn from the Kainé and Leicester Ladies Gospel Choirs.

Video clip of The Spitfires singing For The Fallen by Douglas Guest

The RAF Spitfires Choir sings Douglas Guest's musical setting of the Ode of Remembrance taken from Laurence Binyon's poem For The Fallen, which was first published in The Times of September 1914.

This setting was first performed in 1971 as part of the annual Festival of Remembrance.

Video clip of The Spitfires singing Locus Iste by Anton Bruckner

The Choir perform Locus Iste, by Anton Bruckner, during their inaugural concert at St Clement Dane's, the Central Church of the RAF.

The Latin text describes the sense of awe and reverance felt when entering God's house, inestimably holy and of blameless purity. The splendid setting of St Clement's is certainly apt to inspire such sentiments.

Video clip of The Spitfires singing Gloria in Excelsis Deo by Antonio Vivaldi

Antonio Vivaldi's rousing chorus extolling the glory of God, Gloria in Excelsis Deo, is an ever-popular addition to any choir's repertoire.

The RAF Spitfires were fortunate in their inaugural concert to be supported by two trumpeters, a necessary ingredient of many Vivaldi pieces and a positive must for this work.

Video clip of The Spitfires singing Abide With Me by Henry Lyte and William Monk

A moving hymn at any time, Abide With Me is surely most evocative when performed in the eventide, as shadows lengthen and the night draws on.

Here, in the sacred setting of St Clement's, its hopeful sentiments strike a yet more emotional chord.

Video clip of The Spitfires singing the traditional song When The Saints Go Marching In

One notable feature of The RAF Spitfires is the breadth of their repertoire.

Here we see a piece from the upbeat end of the spectrum, the traditional song When The Saints Go Marching In, which is sure to set bodies swaying and toes tapping, in both choir and audience alike.

Video clip of The Spitfires singing Jerusalem by William Blake and Charles Parry

The finale of their inaugural concert sees The RAF Spitfires joined by the Metropolitan Police Male Voice Choir for a rousing rendition of William Blake's patriotic classic Jerusalem.

Blake wrote the poem in 1804, but it was not until 1916 that Charles Parry set it to the music with which it has since become so much associated.


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