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Band of the Household Cavalry

Band of the Household Cavalry

Music Programme Notes


Regimental Walks and Trots

Aida Trooping - G Verdi

Verdi’s “Grand March From Aida” is the quick march of the Blues and Royals. This arrangement in slow time, entitled “Aida Trooping”, 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 Sovereign’s Standard is carried on parade. 

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 “The Blues” and The Royal Dragoons “The Royals” ) 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

A North

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 year’s Trooping the Colour by 1st Battalion Welsh Guards. It was performed on Padre North’s commissioning ceremony, which may be the first time a march has been played at Sandhurst with the composer actually on parade outside the band. 



E Whitacre

‘Equus’, meaning ‘horse’ 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 “dynamic minimalism”.   


Phoenix Rising

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 ‘phoenix’ figure is stated. There are contrasting darker episodes and a lyrical middle section before the phoenix finally re-emerges triumphant.

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