Air Cadets from 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron (Sqn) have taken part in their own music and song extravaganza and have proven that Swadlincote, in the heart of Britain, really does have talent.
The music and song concert, which was organised by twenty-five cadets from 1211 Sqn’s Marching Band and ceremonial drill team, took place on Saturday 14th November and was performed in front of a public crowd of over 100 people at Spingfield Junior School in Swadlincote.
The concert was split into two halves and featured a range of solo and ensemble performances including well known marching band tunes, classical pieces and up-tempo pop and swing numbers. Three of the cadets even cast aside their instruments and took centre stage to showcase their singing talents. Corporal Matthew Caffrey and Cadet Nathalie Sigston sang an emotional duet and Cadet Wesley Eyley stole the show with two outstanding solo performances of “You make me feel so young” and “Wonderful World”. Cadet Eyley commented, “I was a bit nervous at the start but once I got into the songs I really enjoyed it and I felt really proud when everyone clapped and cheered at the end”
1211 Squadron’s BTEC music concert performers, with concert conductor and Sqn Band Master, Civilian Instructor Kev Hall (at right)
But the highlight for one unsuspecting female member of the audience had to be when Cpl Caffrey and Cdt Eyley performed an energetic re-enactment of a scene from the film ‘Top Gun’, with the song “You’ve lost that loving feeling”.
The cadets from 1211 Sqn are currently working towards a Level 2 BTEC First Diploma in Music, offered through CVQO (Cadet Vocational Qualification Organisation) equivalent to 4 GCSE’s at A* to C grades. 1211 Sqn’s Training & BTEC Officer, Flying Officer Ruth Morgan, who was the Compère for the evening, said “The cadets have planned, organised and performed the whole concert and those that gave solo performances did so in support of their BTEC in Music. The evening was a great success and the cadets deserved their standing ovation at the end”.
Fg Off Morgan added, “As with all of our training, the BTEC is available to all of our cadets, regardless of academic ability and is a great way to supplement their formal qualifications gained at school. The vocational qualifications that our cadets achieve with us, means they stand out from the crowd when setting out on any future career – either military or civilian.”
In December, the cadets will have the opportunity to continue to show off their talents when they take part in the annual 1211 Squadron “Review of the Year”, a series of sketches and acting performances based on Sqn events of the past 12 months. The one night of the year, where the cadets can openly impersonate the volunteer adult staff members, the evening is expected to be full of fun and a perfect way to round off an excellent year for 1211 (Swadlincote) Sqn Air Cadets.