Christopher Biggins, launched the 2015 West End Heroes gala concert at the Dominion Theatre with a little help from some military friends…
Dressed as an RAF service woman – just one of the ‘characters’ he’ll play on the night in several big song and dance numbers – he promised a night of surprises, fun and jollity and some rather special flying sequences!
The popular star of musical theatre, screen comedies, panto and one of Britain’s best-loved TV personalities, is the host of the 2015 West End Heroes gala concert on Sunday 4 October.
Last year the casts of many of the biggest West End musicals united with the finest UK military bands and musicians in a stunning performance that raised £78,243.01 for the Help For Heroes charity.
He said: “I’m delighted to be able to give my support to West End Heroes by hosting what I know will be a marvellous evening, with some wonderful surprises. It’s a wonderful way for the West End to show its appreciation for all that our lovely service folk do for us and to support such a worthy charity.”
West End Heroes will again unite the country’s top military musicians with even more West End performers. Confirmed to appear are the West End casts of Elf The Musical, The Phantom of the Opera and Memphis. With appearances from Ben Forster, Bradley Jaden, Celinde Schoenmaker, Charlotte Jaconelli, El Ocho, Jamie Raven, Jessica Martin, Joe McGann, John Owen Jones, Jon Robyns, Kimberley Walsh, Maurillia Simpson, Mazz Murray and Rachel John.
Returning to form the centrepiece of the gala and under the baton of Squadron Leader Piers Morrell will be The Central Band of the Royal Air Force, which is widely regarded as one of the finest military bands in the UK and incorporates the celebrated RAF Squadronaires Big Band. There will also be support from The Band of HM Royal Marines, The Band of the Army Air Corps and a Ceremonial Fanfare team, and a special performance by the Colchester Garrison Military Wives Choir. There will again be a performance from the West End Heroes Choir – made up of people working behind the scenes in the West End.
The creative team for West End Heroes 2015 includes: director Tim Marshall (Festival of Remembrance, Royal Albert Hall), musical director Squadron Leader Piers Morrell (director of music, RAF Central Band), musical supervisor Stuart Morley (We Will Rock You, Night of a 1000 Stars) and choreographer Matt Flint (So You Think You Can Dance; Strictly Come Dancing), assistant director Carole Todd (Carnaby Street, Dreamboats and Petticoats) and designer Tim Soden (The Lion King; Calendar Girls).