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Commemorate The Fallen At The National Memorial Arboretum
Music and the military come together in dramatic style when a Home Front Proms concert is staged at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. The Arboretum, which is filled with 30,000 trees and 300 dedicated memorials across its 150-acre site in Alrewas, is the UK's year-round centre of Remembrance which honours those who have served, and continue to serve, the country in different ways, not just the armed forces.

Home Front Proms
The Home Front Proms come to the National Memorial Arboretum

On Saturday 5 August, the normally peaceful and tranquil National Memorial Arboretum will resound to the sound of music when the Home Front Proms are staged within the grounds, with doors for the event opening at 7pm. What promises to be an uplifting evening will consist of a concert by The Band of the King's Division and a drama performed by the Central Youth Theatre. The evening will then conclude with a fireworks display set against the backdrop of the Arboretum, and the dramatic Armed Forces Memorial which contains the names of servicemen and women who have fallen while on duty since the Second World War.

Armed Forces Memorial, National Memorial Arboretum
The uplifting Armed Forces Memorial

The Band of the King's Division, based at Preston, is an amalgamation of the former King's Division Bands (Normandy and Waterloo). It is notable for being the regular Army's first professional brass band, and is one of three full-time bands, alongside The Band of The Royal Corps of Signals and The Band of The Prince of Wales's Division, created as part of the restructuring of Army music capabilities in 2014. Since their formation, they have attracted attention from around the world as well as making a name for themselves winning prizes at the famous Whit Friday marches and playing concerts at both the European Finals in Perth and the Great Northern Brass Arts festival in Manchester. The band has had pieces written for them by a number of leading composers including Philip Sparke and Paul Hindmarsh.

Central Youth Theatre
Central Youth Theatre during a Sundown at the Somme performance at the NMA last November

The Central Youth Theatre is Wolverhampton's longest running youth theatre, having spent the last 33 years nurturing the creative talents of future generations of performers and creative professionals. Membership is open to young people aged from 8 to 25. They will be returning to the National Memorial Arboretum after members of the youth theatre took part in a Sundown at the Somme performance in November 2016 to commemorate Remembrance Day.

Camp Bastion Memorial, National Memorial Arboretum
The Camp Bastion Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum

Advance tickets for the Home Front Proms cost 20 for an adult, 15 for a child, or 60 for a family ticket comprising two adults and two children. Friends of the National Memorial Arboretum can buy a ticket in advance for 17.50. However, tickets purchased on the door on the day of the concert will cost 22.50 for adults, 17.50 for children, 22.50 for a Friend of the NMA, and 70 for a family ticket. To book tickets, visit online or call 01283 245 100.
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Why? Enjoy Music & Theatre In the Peaceful Setting of the National Memorial Arboretum
When: Saturday 5 August
Phone: 01283 245100
Where: National Memorial Arboretum, Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire DE13 7AR
Cost: Adults 20, Children 15 if bought in advance
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