In the festive mood for Glenn Miller anniversary concert

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Seventy years ago, one of the most famous names in Big Band history took off in a single-engine aircraft from RAF Twinwood never to be seen again.

It was December 15, 1944. Glenn Miller was stationed at the Bedfordshire airbase with his orchestra and set off for Paris to organise his Christmas broadcasts. Tragically, his plane never arrived.

On the anniversary of that fateful night, his music will be brought to life once more in Bedford as the Glenn Miller Orchestra swings into town.

Filling the same hall where Miller made so many of his BBC wartime broadcasts, the band, led by Ray McVay, will perform timeless classics such as Tuxedo Junction, Moonlight Serenade, Chattanooga Choo Choo, and the iconic In The Mood, with a few Christmas medleys thrown in for festive cheer.

And with a string of guest singers, they will recreate the sounds of the era with songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Louis Armstrong.

McVay, previously musical director for the original BBC Come Dancing series, set up his UK-based orchestra after making an arrangement with the Glenn Miller estate, in New York.

For the past 25 years, he has earned international acclaim for keeping the music alive.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra plays the Bedford Corn Exchange on Monday, December 15.

Tickets are available from the box office on 01234 718044 or visit centralboxoffice@bed