The RAF and me...
Many people ask me, how and why did I first begin performing the many great hits of the past and so, it’s only right that I explain....
Military and music are in my blood and therefor it made complete sense to follow suit. I joined the Air Training Corp at the age of 13 years old and achieved my grade 8 in clarinet performance by 17 having also just learned to fly solo at 16!
My singing had begun within choirs at school but I’d never shown any inspiration to perform solo, I was always known for my clarinet performances so my solo singing career didn’t make a presence until some 10 years later when I met my husband to be.
In 2006 I signed the dotted line to join the Royal Air Force as a Musician based at RAF College Cranwell.
I have travelled the world, from the Edinburgh Military Tattoo through to Delhi, India and Wellington, New Zealand in order to promote the RAF through military music.
During my military career, I have performed on stage with the likes of Brian May and Kerry Ellis during the end of their Anthem tour and huge concert halls such as Birmingham Symphony hall as part of the Massed Band Tours.
It is sad but at the end of 2020 I will be leaving the Royal Air Force after my almost 15 year career to support my young family and to concentrate on my performances as Miss Sarah-Jane.
I began singing the music of the 1940s in 2012 after attending the Twinwood music festival. Following an Open Mic performance in the “Tin Hat Club” I got the bug, and before I knew it I was hosting an event in my local town of Whitchurch, Shropshire - with the whole town, family and friends supporting me. I was then booked to perform at my Grandad’s local pub, then my Aunties WI flower arranging club, Nans art club and so on......
When I perform in my WAAF replica uniform I feel pride to wear it. I feel I am a true representative of both the past and present Air Force and that my career within the RAF enables me to apply everything I have learnt to my performances as Miss Sarah Jane
My most prestigious events have been when working alongside the military, in particular for the RAF 100 Celebrations and RAF Cranwell’s Party in the Park outside College Hall Officers Mess.
I hope you continue to support me beyond my military career.