Music Programme Notes
Regimental Walks and Trots
Aida Trooping - G Verdi
Verdiâs âGrand March From Aidaâ is the quick march of the Blues and Royals. This arrangement in slow time, entitled âAida Troopingâ, allows that well known theme to be heard as a walk march as the mounted troops move into their walk past positions. It has become tradition for this march to be played on years that the Blues and Royals Sovereignâs Standard is carried on parade.Â
Royal Artillery Slow March - HRH The Duchess of Kent
The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery have the honour of leading the mounted troops onto parade as they assume seniority over every other British Army regiment when on parade with their guns. The Royal Artillery slow March was written by HRH Duchess of Kent, the mother of HM Queen Victoria.
The Royals - Traditional
The Royals walk march is played as the mounted troops prepare to trot, this allows both regiments that make up The Blues and Royals, (The Royal Horse Guards âThe Bluesâ and The Royal Dragoons âThe Royalsâ ) to be represented musically on parade.
Money Musk and Anonymous - Traditional
The neutral trots Money Musk and Anonymous are played as the mounted troops make their way around Horse Guards in preparation for their Trot Past.
Keel Row - Traditional
Based on a Northumbrian folk song, Keel Row is the regimental trot of both The Royal Artillery and The Household Cavalry, and is played as the mounted troops trot past Her Majesty The Queen.
Glory and Honour
Glory and Honour was the winning entry in the 2006 Household Division quick march competition. It won the honour of being included as the neutral quick march in that yearâs Trooping the Colour by 1st Battalion Welsh Guards. It was performed on Padre Northâs commissioning ceremony, which may be the first time a march has been played at Sandhurst with the composer actually on parade outside the band.Â
âEquusâ, meaning âhorseâ in Latin, was written by Eric Whitaker, commissioned July 1st, 1997 and completed in 1999. It first premiered in March 2000, performed by the University of Miami Wind Ensemble. The work is a moto perpetuo; a piece that starts running and never stops and is in a form that the composer refers to as âdynamic minimalismâ.Â Â Â
R Wiffin OBE
Phoenix Rising is a concert overture reflecting the strength and renewal of the phoenix. The phoenix symbolises transformation, death and rebirth in its fire and this overture starts with great positivity as the main âphoenixâ figure is stated. There are contrasting darker episodes and a lyrical middle section before the phoenix finally re-emerges triumphant.