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‘London Pride’ – The Central Band of The Royal British Legion, Southwark Cathedral – Saturday 14th October

The Central Band will be back to perform a celebration of music through the ages saluting the great city of London. 

There will be music from the Royal Fireworks by Handel, Trumpet Tune by Purcell and Walton’s Crown Imperial from the Coronation of HM The Queen, as well as more recent pieces from the West End stage, including Oliver! and My Fair Lady.  It wouldn’t be a Central Band concert without a great march or two so prepare to tap your feet to The Knightsbridge March by Eric Coates as a starter!

Ticket prices range from £30 (central nave) to £10 (side nave and restricted view).  Contact Elinor on 020 3053 7094/ philanthropy@britishlegion.org.uk or buy online at www.britishlegion.org.uk/southwark

Cadogan Hall Concert – 12th October 2013

The Central Band of the Royal British Legion is delighted to announce that TRH The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester will join us for our special ‘Cinematic Greats’ concert at Cadogan Hall on Saturday 12 October 2013.

Lights… Camera… Action! Take your seats for a musical journey through the best of British film.

From the heroics of the Dambusters to the magic of Harry Potter, you’ll experience some of the finest soundtracks of the silver screen as The Royal British Legion’s flagship band celebrates the launch of the 2013 Poppy Appeal.

All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to The Royal British Legion.

Buy your tickets now from the Cadogan Hall website

Epsom Concert of Remembrance 2012

With the 2012 Festival of Remembrance paying tribute to Bomber Command, there was no more fitting way to open the Central Band’s annual Epsom Concert of Remembrance than with the famous march ‘Dambusters’.

Highlights of the first half included Marvin Hamlish’s beautiful ‘Through the Eyes of Love’ featuring the trumpet of Tim Mulkern and a haunting alto sax solo by Phil Willans playing ‘What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?’.  A selection of songs from ‘My Fair Lady’ provided an opportunity for the Epsom audience to test their vocal chords as the concert was taken to the interval.

The second half started with the exciting March by Dmitri Shostakovich and then there was time to relax with the sound of the 1940s and the ‘Miller Memories’ and ‘Swing’s the Thing’ medleys.  Another musical selection from the ‘Wizard of Oz’ proceeded a short ceremony of remembrance.  The famous words of Laurence Binyon’s poem ‘For the Fallen’ – featured at the Festival of Remembrance the night before – were sung by Catherine Jack.  In the minutes silence followed the audience stood to remember those who have lost their lives in the service of the country and the Last Post and Reveille sounded from the bugles of Brian and Stuart Rutt.

The concert concluded with stirring march ‘Fame & Glory’ before a rousing rendition of ‘Abba Gold’ sent the audience out singing into the chilly November evening.

As another weekend of remembrance passes by, we remain, as ever, extremely honoured to have been a part of the Royal British Legion’s services and celebrations.  We look forward to hearing the total raised by the Poppy Appeal 2012 and sincerely hope that the ambitious target of£42 million has been achieved.

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Christmas CD Recording 2012

For years, audiences at our concerts have been asking ‘do you have a Christmas CD?’.  Well this winter, for the first time ever, we can say ‘Yes we do!’.

On the 29th September the band decamped to Dover’s Covelly Studios, for an intense weekend of Christmas tunes.

The festivities began early, with one member of the clarinet section donning her full Christmas pudding costume on the 8am train from London, and insisting on wearing it throughout the first recording session…

The music included plenty of Christmas favourites – all the carols, Rudolf, Troika, David Barker’s lovely Christmas Suite and David Cole’s In Excelsis Deo.  Of course no Christmas CD would be complete without Leroy Anderson’s Sleighride.  After multiple takes the percussion section must have had sleigh bells ringing in their ears all the way home.

The recording weekends are also a good chance for the band to spend a bit of social time together.  David Cole took some of the keener members on an 8-mile run along Deal seafront after Saturday’s session.  An ideal way to burning off a few calories in preparation for a lovely meal out in the evening, and hefty fried breakfast at the B and B the next morning.

After two days of hard work we all made our way home, our lips slightly swollen, but our hearts full of Christmas cheer.

The finished CD should be on sale at our concerts and online very soon.  Easy presents for everyone this year!