Throughout 2011, the Concerts in Cathedrals series is celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Royal British Legion. Over 40 cathedrals in England and Wales will host concerts, with the Central Band performing five of them.
The Central Band’s concert in the stunning venue of Lincoln Cathedral with special guests Blake was a great success.
The news of the Royal British Legion’s flagship band sharing a platform with the classical “boyband” meant that the sell-out audience of over 600 were queueing round the outside of the cathedral right up until the start of the concert. Although at times it was difficult to work out who was more excited about this collaboration – the audience, or the ladies of the Central Band!
The Central Band took the audience back to early 20th century with marches such as ‘Imperial Echos’ and the tunes of the great Glenn Miller. Blake then performed a selection from their diverse repertoire including the spiritual ‘Steal Away’ and Snow Patrol’s ‘Chasing Cars’.
In 1943, the 19 Lancaster Bombers of 617 Squadron took off from RAF Scampton and, passing the towering Lincoln Cathedral, set course for the Ruhr valley. 68 years later in that very same catherdral, the ‘Dambuster’s March’ opened the second half of the Central Band’s concert with Blake.
The second half included the much anticipated collaboration with Blake and the Central Band performing together under the baton of Captain David Cole. Blake’s moving rendition of ‘Bring Him Home’ and the Central Band’s performance of ‘Hymn to the Fallen’ then preceded a moment of silence as the audience remembered all those who have died serving their country.
The concert culminated with the Central Band, Blake and the audience combining for a patriotic finale of ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘Land of Hope and Glory’.
The Central Band will be playing in two more cathedrals in 2011:
- Truro Cathedral – 24th September
- Rochester Cathedral – 1st October
As part of the Concerts in Cathedrals series, the Central Band have already played at: