Soldiers’ tour of duty takes them to St Albans

The Soldiers are playing the Alban Arena in St Albans [Picture: Scott Wishart]

The Soldiers are playing the Alban Arena in St Albans [Picture: Scott Wishart]

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WITH the Army on duty around the world, Britain’s first group of serving soldiers to enter the pop charts are on the road again, with Hertfordshire the destination tomorrow (Thursday) night.

The Soldiers are playing the Alban Arena in St Albans [Picture: Scott Wishart]The Soldiers are playing the Alban Arena in St Albans [Picture: Scott Wishart]

The Soldiers bring their latest tour to St Albans on Thursday, August 23 when they play the Alban Arena.

Join Sergeant Major Gary Chilton, Staff Sergeant Richie Maddocks and Lance Corporal Ryan Idzi for an evening of uplifting music.

Through the release of The Soldiers’ three albums and their subsequent tours, the trio have raised more than £500,000 for Armed Forces charities, including Help For Heroes, The Royal British Legion and the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

Speaking before embarking on the tour, Sergeant Major Gary Chilton said: “This year we celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen and as always our Armed Forces continue to represent us overseas in Afghanistan and other regions.

The Soldiers are playing the Alban Arena in St Albans [Picture: Scott Wishart]The Soldiers are playing the Alban Arena in St Albans [Picture: Scott Wishart]

“It goes without saying that it remains a huge privilege for us to raise awareness of what a fantastic job they do on our behalf.

“We hope that you can join us on what I’m sure will be a memorable and fun series of live shows that only The Soldiers can deliver.”

The Soldiers’ story began when Ryan Idzi made it through to the boot camp stages of 2007’s X Factor.

Following his appearance on the show, music entrepreneur Jeff Chegwin and partner Nick Patrick, a Grammy-nominated producer, contacted Ryan with an opportunity that would change his life.

Chegwin and Patrick already had their eye on two serving sergeants from the Corps of Army Music, who they planned to approach with the idea of recording an album.

When they spotted Ryan on The X Factor, they knew they had a band. With Gary Chilton and Richie Maddocks on board alongside Ryan, The Soldiers were formed.

Their debut album Coming Home was released in 2009, going top five, and has since been certified double platinum.

Follow-up album Letters Home and latest CD Message To You have both been released to similar success.

Message To You included the official 2011 Poppy Appeal single I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You, recorded with Robin Gibb, who joined The Soldiers on stage for the final night of their winter tour at the London Palladium for a special performance of the song.

Staff Sergeant Richie Maddocks said: “We are very excited about our summer tour, and as always it is so nice to meet our fans, whose support is so important.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing you all.”

Tickets for the St Albans show cost £22 and £24.50. Visit www.alban-arena.co.uk or call the box office on 01727 844488.


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