State Ceremonial Music
of the Household Division
The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence¬†¬†
Drawn from British Army Music, the State Ceremonial Musicians of the Household Division each serve in one of 7 Regimental Bands or in the string orchestra: Grenadiers, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards of the Footguards Bands, the Household Cavalry Band, which includes musicians of both the Life Guards and Blues and Royals, and the Countess of Wessex‚Äôs String Orchestra.¬†¬†
The 7 regiments, which together form the Household Division, have a long and proud history; the State Ceremonial Musicians of the Bands of the Household Division, work persistently to uphold that reputation of excellence and in the service of Her Majesty The Queen.
Happy New Year
From the State Ceremonial Musicians of the Household Division
The year 2020 will almost certainly go down in history as the year of the global pandemic. All our lives have been shaped by COVID-19; we have lost loved ones, some will have been left physically and mentally scarred; many have lost livelihoods and are perhaps struggling now to make ends meet. It has been a very difficult year.
During the crisis of 2020, the Bands of the Household Division have tried to play their small part in sustaining the fabric of the Nation, through performances of music; we have helped the Nation mark significant anniversaries - Victory in Europe 75 and Victory in Japan 75; we have helped the Nation celebrate, such as the occasion of Her Majesty The Queen‚Äôs official Birthday at Windsor Castle; and we have helped the Nation reflect, through performances of music at the Festival of Remembrance and the National Act of Remembrance at the Cenotaph, London.¬†¬†
This short video, set to the Fanfare¬†‚ÄėSalvation‚Äô¬†from Songs of Peace, highlights the body of work from the Bands of the Household Division in 2020, offered in the hope that our music has helped, and perhaps more importantly, with our sincere wish to you for a brighter year in 2021.¬†
Lieutenant Colonel S N Haw MBE, Commanding Officer, Household Division Bands
New Recording Coming Soon...¬†¬†
Great and Glorious
Performed by the¬†State Ceremonial Musicians of the Household Division¬†
Deliveries from 20th February 2021, pre-release orders can be made now.
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World Premiere Charity Recording Release
On 11th November 2020¬†State Ceremonial Music of the Household Division released the World Premiere Recording of Cenotaph Requiem,¬†to commemorate the Centenary of the unveiling of The Cenotaph and the burial of The Unknown Soldier in Westminster Abbey¬†on 11th November 1920.
On behalf of the Royal Corps of Army Music Trust one of the Trustees,¬† Doctor Marc van Grondelle, reflects on Cenotaph Requiem composed by Lieutenant Colonel Simon Haw MBE:
"Cenotaph Requiem is one of the most remarkable, and beautiful, compositions to come out of Britain in recent decades. It is both emotionally moving, and musically delightful. Written in the style of the famous and promising composers who lost their lives in the Great War, it is a fitting monument to a generation. The work is themed around key battles on land and sea, and paints a vivid picture of these through music. Apart from its historical context, the work is a delight to listen to in its own right. A quintessentially British composition: simple, beautiful, and quietly nostalgic. A triumph!‚Äô‚Äô
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