In the News: Scarlet and Gold the best of Ceremonial State Music

Band of the Coldstream GaurdsBand of the Coldstream Guards

See the best of State Ceremonial Music in just one night

31 October 2012
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The Regimental Bands of the Household Division - some of UK's finest musicians - will be showcasing their musical genius at Central Hall on 15 and 16 November in 'Scarlet and Gold', a stirring Military Musical Spectacular that will raise the rafters. The concert will run from 7.30 - 10 pm in a simply unforgettable evening.

At a media launch today outside the Guards Museum on Birdcage Walk, The Band of The Coldstream Guards gave the media and admiring tourists a taste of the fantastic repertoire that will be on offer at Central Hall.

Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Barnwell, The Senior Director of Music, The Household Division, said:

“It will be a magnificent concert – we’re aiming to stage everything we do musically for State Ceremonial in just one show, which is something very few people get to see overall. It’s been an amazing year with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics and Paralympics, and we’ve tried to cherry pick the very best military music available to entertain the audience. On show will be all seven Band of the Footguards and The Household Cavalry, with 40 Fanfare Trumpeters, 16 State Trumpeters, a 100 strong Stage Band, a 20-strong Guards Swing Band, the Corps of Drums of 2nd Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment and The Pipes and Drums of the London Regiment. I urge people to come along and support this wonderful show for Service charity.”

There are few more iconic images of the United Kingdom than the sight and sound of the Massed Bands of the Guards, adorned in uniforms of scarlet and gold with their black bearskin caps. They are at the very heart of the nation’s great ceremonial occasions such as Trooping the Colour, State Visits and the Changing the Guard both at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, and were right at the forefront of the celebrations earlier this year for Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee. more .....

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The bands number some of the finest military musicians in the world, and the Scarlet and Gold concerts present a very rare opportunity to hear all seven bands playing together on the concert platform.

Scarlet and Gold will feature the five bands of the Foot Guards as well as the two Household Cavalry Bands, perhaps more familiar from their role as mounted bands, along with Corps of Drums, Pipes and Drums and Fanfare Trumpeters. The programme will cover a very diverse range of sensational music, old and new, upbeat and reflective, to suit all tastes, all presented as a spectacle of sound and colour.

Collecting for very worthy Service charities, Scarlet and Gold ticket revenue will go to Household Division Charitable Funds and the collection will be split between Veterans Aid and the Army Widows Association.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said:

“One thing that the summer of 2012 has resoundingly demonstrated to the world is that we in London know how to put on a great show. I am delighted that the Regimental Bands of the Household Division contributed so much to what was special about Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic and Paralympics Games.

“These military music makers in their iconic scarlet and gold are quintessentially British - and as much a part of the life of London as Big Ben, black cabs and red buses. I am thrilled that Londoners and visitors alike will have the chance of hearing them, not just at the Changing the Guard or Trooping the Colour, but at this spectacular concert too.

“I would urge everyone to come to see The Queen’s Men and all The Queen’s Women in this simply inspirational demonstration of pageantry and performance.”

Getting tickets

The public are encouraged to join up with the Bands for a wonderful evening of glorious music in the company of some of the British Army's finest musicians. Tickets are available from:

  • in person from The Guards Toy Soldier Centre, Birdcage Walk (at the Guards Museum)
  • or by phone on 0844 8717605

How to find Central Hall

The Central Hall, Westminster, is opposite the main entrance to Westminster Abbey and is just three minutes’ walk from St. James’s Park Underground station. It is a short walk from Westminster, Charing Cross, Embankment and Victoria stations and a number of bus routes pass close to the Hall.


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