A spectacular evening of music and song is promised as ‘Yorkshire Commemorates the Battle of Britain and the 75th Anniversary of the RAF Air Cadets in concert’ takes to the Leeds Town Hall stage on Friday, 24 June, 2016 at 7:30pm.

The evening will feature the Leeds Symphony Orchestra, the North Region RAF Air Cadets, Kippax Band and Rock Choir, with performances from Andrea Jenkyns MP and Will Quince MP, plus Afghanistan Army Veteran and MP Jack Lopresti, who will also be reading an evocative war poem. Special guests include Ben Parkinson MBE.

The centrepiece of the evening will be the first major performance of Memories of You. For this, care leaver Christopher Bevan, 24, a former pupil of Prince Henry’s Grammar School, Otley, is joining forces with soprano Andrea Jenkyns, the Member of Parliament for Morley and Outwood and tenor Will Quince, MP for Colchester, who will perform Memories of You – Christopher Bevan’s composition written especially for our injured servicemen and women - as part of an evening in aid of the Royal British Legion.

Memories of You is a beautifully written ballad, with poignant lyrics by York based Micki Stokoe, that speaks of loss in all its guises, be it personal and in times of conflict.

A download version of Memories of You, recorded at Sound Sense, Leeds during February and March 2016 and featuring young musicians from the RAF Air Cadets, will be available following the concert with all proceeds from the sale of the song going to the Royal British Legion.

There will also be an opportunity to view and purchase artworks inspired by World War I and World War II by Wakefield born artist Neil Pittaway RWS RE, who has designed the artwork publicity material for the event. 50% of the proceeds of the artwork sales will also go to the Royal British Legion.

A specially commissioned painting by Neil Pittaway RWS RE, celebrating the Anniversary of the RAF Air Cadets, will be presented to the RAF during the concert.

This is a not to be missed evening and one that will surely live on in the memory for years to come.

Artwork © Neil Pittaway RWS RE