Bingham Belle to sing in RAF concert in Nottingham

Cpl Bev Kirk
Cpl Bev Kirk
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Former Bingham girl Corporal Beverley Kirk takes to the stage at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, later this month.

Beverley, a member of close harmony trio The Blue Belles, was brought up in Bingham. She will be taking part in the prestigious RAF in Concert performance on Friday, November 28, which will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Red Arrows.

It was as a pupil at Toot Hill School in the 1980s that the foundations were laid for Beverley’s future career in music, when she joined a dance band as a saxophonist.

A year after studying Band Musicianship at University College Salford, Beverley joined the Royal Air Force Music Services and since then she has travelled the world performing for the RAF.

Beverley is a member of the Band of the Royal Air Force College, based at RAF Cranwell.

In 2010, she discovered two fellow band members - Senior Aircraftsman (SAC) Tracey Hodgetts and SAC Beth Charlton - shared her passion for close harmony singing and together they formed The Blue Belles. Since then

performance highlights have included taking part in the annual RAF in Concert UK tour and singing alongside award-winning swing vocalist Matt Ford.

Basing themselves on the Andrews Sisters style of close harmony singing, the group will be performing the 1940s big band number Oh Johnny Oh Johnny Oh at the

Beverley said: “I’m really looking forward to singing on my home patch. We always get a very positive audience response because the music is so uplifting and our performance is so visual – but I hope we’ll get an even bigger cheer than usual!”

You can hear The Blue Belles perform Oh Johnny Oh Johnny Oh! by visiting www.airtattoo.com/concert-tour

Tickets, priced from £17 to £23, are available from the Royal Concert Hall Box Office on 0115 989 5555. The concert is staged in support of the RAF Charitable Trust.