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West End Heroes - Brian Conley hosts

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

STAGE and television star Brian Conley will host West End Heroes, the gala concert in aid of the charity Help For Heroes, which is being held at the Dominion Theatre on Sunday, June 23, 2013.

In a career spanning three decades, Brian Conley has appeared in award-winning West End musicals and television sit-coms, presented his own chat shows, recorded three albums and completed numerous sell-out tours of the UK.

His musical theatre roles include Edna Turnblad in Hairspray (West End and UK Tour), Fagin in Oliver! (UK Tour) and Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang! Bang! (West End).

Previously Posted: On Sunday, June 23, 2013, the Dominion Theatre will host West End Heroes, a gala concert in aid of the charity Help For Heroes.

West End Heroes will celebrate the UK’s finest military musicians and the greatest West End shows and show-stopping songs, supported by a 50 piece orchestra from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force.

This unique event will also feature: RAF Squadronaires Big Band, Royal Marines Corp of Drums, We Will Rock You, War Horse, Spamalot, 42nd Street and Some Like it Hip Hop, with guest appearances from Joe McElderry, Daniel Boys, Shona Lindsay, Matt Little, Rachel Tucker, The Overtones, The Soldiers, The Spitfire Kids and Woman The Band (Mazz and Gina Murray and Emma Kershaw).

Forming the centerpiece of the Gala concert will be The Central Band of the Royal Air Force. Widely regarded as one of the finest military bands in the United Kingdom, it has a worldwide reputation for musical excellence. The band is most closely associated with its performances on the concert platform and its many recordings of contemporary and light music.

Music has been a part of the Royal Air Force since 1912, when the Service existed as the Royal Flying Corps. In 1918, the Royal Air Force was formed and by 1920 The Central Band of the Royal Air Force was established.

Help for Heroes offers comprehensive support to those who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses whilst serving our country. This is provided through grants to individuals, other Service charities, capital build projects and four Personnel Recovery Centres across the UK. As Bryn Parry, CEO and Co-Founder of Help for Heroes, explains:

“Help for Heroes is all about ‘doing your bit’ and West End Heroes is a wonderful example of people coming together to raise money for a worthwhile cause. Because of events like this and people like you raising money, we are able to provide practical, direct support to those who have suffered life-changing injuries as a result of their service.

“The money you raise is needed, it is being used and it is hugely appreciated; the war may be ending, but for these brave wounded the battle will have only just begun. We need to be there to support them for life, and that support needs to be the best. I would like to say thank you for this and every other fund raising event that it inspires.”

West End Heroes will be directed by Tim Marshall, with musical direction by Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs, musical supervision by Stuart Morley, design by Ben Rogers and choreography by Carole Todd.

Tickets: From £45. To book visit www.westendheroes.com.

Time: 7.30pm.