Tattoo to celebrate RAF's 100th anniversary

Published: 01 August 2018

The centenary of the RAF is to be celebrated at this year's Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

The theme of the show is The Sky's the Limit with projections to be shone on to the Edinburgh Castle walls during performances. Among the international performers will be the Royal Cavalry of the Sultanate of Oman's Pipers on horseback and its all-female marching band.

The show, on Edinburgh Castle Esplanade, runs from 3 to 25 August.

More than 100 Mexican performers will bring mariachi music to the event, while the Central Band of the Czech Armed Forces and Ondras Military Art Ensemble will make their Tattoo debut to mark the 100th anniversary of Czechoslovakian independence.

The Edinburgh Girls' High School from Malawi will also perform for the first time with girls from the Mary Erskine School choir. The Malawi school, named because of its close link with the Mary Erskine School, is now in its fifth year with a total roll of 160 girls in the region of Engcongolweni, near Mzuzu.

Directors of the Tattoo said the performances, projections and light shows will "take the audience on the incredible journey following man's obsession with flight, including space travel".

Musicians will open the show with "sounds of the soaring Spitfire, gearing up for take-off" while Highland dancers will also wear outfits in tribute to the RAF. As well as the music and dancing, the Royal Ypriana Wind Band Buglers will perform the Last Post, to mark the end of the centenary of World War One...

Full story via BBC News

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