Singing soldiers on stage

The Soldiers, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, Saturday August 18.

BRITAIN’S first group of serving soldiers to enter the pop charts are once again hitting the road for a summer UK tour. Join Sergeant Major Gary Chilton, Staff Sergeant Richie Maddocks and Lance Corporal Ryan Idzi for an evening of uplifting music from this talented trio.

Through the release of The Soldiers’ three albums and their subsequent tours The Soldiers have raised over £500,000 for armed forces charities including Help For Heroes, The Royal British Legion and the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

The Soldiers’ story began when Ryan Idzi made it through to the bootcamp 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 5 and has since been certified double platinum. 2010’s follow up album ‘Letters Home’, and The Soldiers latest album ‘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.

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