Friday 13th October saw an incredible opportunity for our orchestras to play alongside the fantastic army wind band, The Band of The Queen’s Division.
The Band of The Queen’s Division entertained and impressed all of year 7 - 10 in the morning with an exciting programme of film, pop and windband music concluding with their signature military march. Conducted and compered by Bandmaster Colour Sargent Alex Nixon, it was a great sight to see our auditorium filled to the brim for the occasion.
In the afternoon the fun really began as it was English Martyrs' Orchestras time to perform. After breaking into sectionals where our students were expertly tutored by members of the army band, the massed forces of English Martyrs and The Band of The Queen’s Division rehearsed and then performed four items together. These were Fanfare and Flourishes, which the army had already performed in the morning, the theme tune to James Bond, Loch Lomond and Spring from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.
Our students were so professional, respectful and adaptable and were a credit to the school: many took the opportunity to find out more about music careers within the armed forces.
The Band of The Queen’s Division will be holding an open day, suitable for all English Martyrs musicians on 10th February 2018 at RAF Henlow.
Pictures and videos from English Martyrs' Concerts can be found at https://www.englishmartyrsmusic.org/media