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Band of the Scots Guards 

 

Latest recording by the Band of the Scots Guards 
is available now

 

Released 
Wednesday 15th September 2021

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Irish Guards Band perform at Goodwood

Friday 24th September 2021

The band returned after leave in good spirits to perform at the Goodwood Revival Festival last weekend. This includes playing to visitors as they came into the venue and at the flight display area as well as the Victory Parade. The Victory Parade is an especially moving event as vehicles - civilian and military - lined up the tracks to relive the moment when crowds took to the streets in London to celebrate the end of Second World War in 1946.

 


 

Welsh Guards Band perform at the 81st Anniversary of the Battle of Britain

Wednesday 22nd September 2021

 Recently the Band of the Welsh Guards performed at the Battle of Britain Memorial event at RAF Northwood. In support of the Royal Air Force’s Queen’s Colour Squadron, the band performed in the presence of Flight Lieutenant (Retired) Colin S Bell, a 100-year-old World War 2 pilot. 

 


 

The Countess of Wessex's String Orchestra perform at Regent Hall

20th September 2021

The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra (CWSO) recently performed at Regent Hall, their season debut, and first public concert since the lockdown of March 2020. 

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Welsh Guards Band perform the US National Anthem

Saturday 11th September 2021

This morning the Band of the Welsh Guards performed the United States National Anthem and a selection of American themed music at the changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle, as the world remembers the 20th anniversary of the attack on September 11 2001 on the World Trade Centers in New York.

 


 

STOP PRESS!

Friday 27th August 2021

New videos exclusively released¬†here today¬†¬†with the narrative, printed programme and images from the magnificent ‚ÄúThe Sword and The Crown ‚Äď A Military Musical Spectacular‚ÄĚ which was performed by the Massed Bands of the Household Division on Horse Guards‚Äô Parade on 20, 21 and 22 July 2021.

‚ÄúThe Sword and The Crown‚ÄĚ ‚Äď now available on all major streaming platforms and to purchase on CD¬†Here.

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Changing of the Guard resumes at Buckingham Palace

Monday 23rd August 2021

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace returned today after an 18-month absence due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Irish Guards Band provide musical support to Windsor (Support) Guards

Thursday 12th August 2021

The Band of the Irish Guards have been busy this week providing musical support to Windsor (Support) Guards. 

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Irish Guards Band perform at Founders Day 2021

Monday 9th August 2021

Last Thursday 5th August the Band of the Irish Guards performed at the Royal Hospital Chelsea's Founders Day. Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester reviewed the parade. 

 


 

State Ceremonial Music hosts: ‚ÄėThe Sword and The Crown‚Äô¬†

Press Call at Wellington Barracks

Friday 16th July 2021

 State Ceremonial Music hosted a press call in Wellington Barracks yesterday to promote next week’s Military Musical Spectacular and the launch of its latest recording, released 17 July at 12 noon, The Sword and The Crown.  

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Coldstream Guards Fanfare Team perform at EURO 2020

Tuesday 13th July 2021

The Coldstream Guards Fanfare Team performed as part of the closing ceremony of the Euro 2020 Final at Wembley on Sunday. 

To watch the full video Click Here

 


 

Band of the Coldstream Guards featured on BBC Breakfast

Saturday 10th July 2021

With the success of England reaching the Euro 2020 Final, the Band of the Coldstream Guards performed 'Three Lions' and 'Sweet Caroline' live on BBC Breakfast.

The broadcast featured an interview with Major Stewart Halliday, Director of Music, Coldstream Guards Band, and football enthusiast Band Sergeant Major Warrant Officer Class 2 Philip Dickson.

  Video by kind permission of the BBC: Copyright © BBC 2021

 


 

Band of the Coldstream Guards featured on International News

Wednesday 7th July 2021

In preparations for the Euro 2020 Semi-final of England Vs Denmark at Wembley, the Band of the Coldstream Guards performed 'Three Lions' and 'Sweet Caroline' in the grounds of Clarence House at the request of HRH The Prince of Wales. 

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Percussion versatility in the Household Division - Article

Monday 5th July 2021

Sergeant Neil Brocklehurst of the Scots Guards Band provides insight into life as a percussionist in the Household Division, and insight into what it is like to be the senior time beater on massed band events. 

 

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Armed Forces Day 2021

Saturday 26th June 2021

Free Download Music release to celebrate Armed Forces Day, including an in depth 'Real Lives' interview with Captain (Retired) David Cole OBE MVO.

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Irish Guards Band open 'This Morning' on ITV

Friday 25th June 2021

The Band of the Irish Guards provided the opening fanfare to kick start 'This Morning' on ITV as part of the Armed Forces Day feature. 

To Watch Click Here

 


  

Flag Raising Ceremony - Guildhall, City of London

Thursday 24th June 2021

Today the Band of the Coldstream Guards provided the musical accompaniment to the Armed Forces Flag Raising Ceremony with the Lord Mayor of London. 

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Household Division 'Musician of the Year' Competition

Wednesday 23rd June 2021

Yesterday the Household Division hosted its annual 'Musician of the Year' competition. With some fantastic showcasing of musical excellence, the placing of the following was a difficult decision.
 
Congratulations to the following:
 
Joint 1st Place:
Musician Kucharczak - Band of the Grenadier Guards
Musician R Hallstead - Band of the Irish Guards
 
2nd Place:
 
Joint 3rd Place:
Musician Lyttle - Band of the Scots Guards

 


 

Coldstream Guards Brass Quintet - Armed Forces Week 2021

Tuesday 22 June 2021

Yesterday the Brass Quintet from the Band of the Coldstream Guards had the privilege of performing as part of the Armed Forces Covenant signing at the Houses of Parliament, to kick-start Armed Forces Week 2021. 

 

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The Sword and The Crown

Saturday 19th June 2021

Will be released 12noon on Saturday 17th July 2021

CDs available to pre-order now

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Her Majesty The Queen's Birthday Parade

Friday 11th June 2021

The 2021 Queen’s Birthday Parade will not take place in its traditional format on Horse Guards Parade. A socially distanced parade, in keeping with current government guidelines, will be held within the precincts of Windsor Castle on Saturday 12th June.

Live coverage of this spectacular military parade to mark Her Majesty The Queen's 69th Birthday Parade as Sovereign, will begin at 10.15am on BBC1.

The parade music, performed by the Massed Bands of the Household Division, will be available to download here from 12pm.

 


 

SCM Friends Newsletter

Wednesday 9th June 2021


With over 250 new members and counting, the first edition of the new SCM Friends Quarterly Newsletter was launched on Saturday 5th June 2021.

If you would like to become a friend then sign up now!

 


 

Investiture

Saturday 5th June 2021

State Ceremonial Music released its latest album,
Investiture, on
Saturday 5th June 2021 at 12noon.
 

Featuring a collection of music often performed at Investitures 
at Buckingham Palace and other Royal Palaces around the United Kingdom.

The album also includes the world-premiere recording of Regina, 
a new work written to mark the 95th Birthday of 
Her Majesty The Queen, in the 70th year of Her Majesty’s Reign. 

To Find out more about Investiture Click Here

Click here to Order the Investiture CD now

 


 

Soloist Feature - Colour Sergeant R. Smith

Friday 4th June 2021

Over the last few days we have featured the soloists on the latest release by the Orchestra of the Household Division. Today's focus is on Colour Sergeant Rachel Smith from the Band of the Coldstream Guards.

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Soloist Feature - Musician E. Wozniak

Thursday 3rd June 2021

Over the next few days, we will feature the soloists on the latest release by the Orchestra of the Household Division. Today's focus is on Musician Ewelina Wozniak from the Countess of Wessex's String Orchestra.

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Soloist Feature - Lance Sergeant P. Batai

Wednesday 2nd June 2021

Over the next few days, we will feature the soloists on the latest release by the Orchestra of the Household Division Today's focus is on Lance Sergeant Peter Batai from the Band of the Grenadier Guards. 

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Paul Silverthorne Masterclass

Monday 24th May 2021

On Thursday 29th April former London Symphony Orchestra Principal Violist and current Professor of Viola at the Royal Academy of Music Paul Silverthorne gave a masterclass with musicians of the Countess of Wessex's String Orchestra.

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Sound the Trumpet

Friday 21st May 2021

Trumpet Major Julian Sandford of the Household Cavalry Band provides insight into one of the most high-profile positions for a trumpet player to hold within the Household Division. 

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Coldstream Guards Band perform at Wembley Stadium

Sunday 16th May 2021

Yesterday the Coldstream Guards Band performed at Wembley Stadium for the FA Cup. Read More...

 


 

New SCM Release

Saturday 15th May 2021

State Ceremonial Music will be releasing its latest album Investiture on Saturday 5th June 2021 at 12noon.

Featuring a collection of music often performed at Investitures at Buckingham Palace and other Royal Palaces around the United Kingdom.

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Friends of State Ceremonial Music

Wednesday 31st March 2021

You are cordially invited to become a Friend of State Ceremonial Musicians of the Household Division.

To find out more Click Here

To Join now Click Here

 


 

Royal Military School of Music and Royal College of Music Graduate

Wednesday 17th March 2021

Lance Sergeant Nick Mott of the Coldstream Guards Band describes his experience of completing a BMus (Hons) at the Royal College of Music. 

 

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Great and Glorious Track Feature - Prelude on 49th Parallel

Tuesday 16th March 2021

As part of the latest release of 'Great and Glorious' by the State Ceremonial Musicians of the Household Division, today we feature one of the tracks that is on the album.

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Commonwealth Day

Monday 8th March 2021

Established in April 1949, The Commonwealth is a voluntary organisation of 54 sovereign nations, which are spread across all inhabited continents of the world: Africa, Americas, Asia, Caribbean, Europe and The Pacific.

The Commonwealth Nations include 31 small island states and with national populations ranging from 9,000 to 1.3 billion, the 21st Century Commonwealth, is an opportunity for engaged diversity on a vast international scale.For 69 years Her Majesty The Queen has been Head of The Commonwealth. 

The Regimental Bands of the Household Division include many highly talented musicians from across The Commonwealth.

Please click on the link to watch a State Ceremonial Music ‚ÄėReal Lives Interview‚Äô, with Australian musician, Lance Sergeant Ben Beavis, who performs in the Band of the Grenadier Guards.

 


 

Great and Glorious Track Feature - Pomp & Circumstance March No.1

Thursday 4th March 2021

As part of the latest release of 'Great and Glorious' by the State Ceremonial Musicians of the Household Division, today we feature one of the tracks that is on the album.

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Great and Glorious Track Feature - Crown Imperial

Thursday 25th February 2021 

As part of the latest release of 'Great and Glorious' by the State Ceremonial Musicians of the Household Division, today we feature one of the tracks that is on the album.

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Scala Radio Broadcasts - Great and Glorious CD

Tuesday 23rd February 2021

Two of the tracks from the State ceremonial Musicians latest album featured on Scala Radio over the weekend. If you would like to hear them again then click the links below.

Trumpet Voluntary - John Stanley

Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 - Sir Edward Elgar OM GCVO 

 

To find out more about the latest release Click Here

To purchase Click Here

 


 

Great and Glorious CD Release

Saturday 20th February 2021

The State Ceremonial Musicians of the Household Division have released their latest album Great and Glorious.

 

For more information Click Here

To Purchase Click Here

 

 


 

Scala Radio Broadcast - Great and Glorious CD

Friday 19th February 2021

A feature of two of the tracks on the new album release 'Great and Glorious' by the State Ceremonial Musicians of the Household Division, will be broadcast on Scala Radio on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 February:

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Great and Glorious Track Feature - Trumpet Voluntary

Tuesday 16th February 2021

As part of the upcoming new release of 'Great and Glorious' by the State Ceremonial Musicians of the Household Division, today we feature one of the tracks that is on the album.

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Great and Glorious - One Week to Launch

Saturday  13th February 2021

Pre-order now

 

 

Great and Glorious Track Feature - La Calinda

Thursday 11th February 2021

As part of the upcoming new release of 'Great and Glorious' by the State Ceremonial Musicians of the Household Division, today we feature one of the tracks that is on the album. 

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Great and Glorious Track Feature - Jupiter: The Planets

Tuesday 9th February 2021

As part of the upcoming new release of 'Great and Glorious' by the State Ceremonial Musicians of the Household Division, today we feature one of the tracks that is on the album. 

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Great and Glorious - A Collection of Triumphant Music

Saturday 6th February 2021

 With two weeks to go to the launch, we are pleased to announce the tracks that are available on the latest album by the State Ceremonial Musicians of the Household Division. 

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Free Download Music Library - Burns Night

Monday 25th January 2021

Today is Burn’s Night and the annual Band of the Scots Guards Burn’s Concert in the Guards Chapel will unfortunately not be taking place this year. Read More

 


 

A Gift to The Nation - Free Download Music Library

Saturday 23rd January 2021

The State Ceremonial Musicians of the Household Division present a free, online library of recorded music, as a gift to the United Kingdom and all International audiences.  

Find out more

 

 


 

Happy New Year

Friday 1st January 2021

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.¬†

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The Queen's Speech - Behind the Scenes

Monday 28th December 2020

A look behind the scenes of the recording day for Her Majesty The Queen's Speech.

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The Queen's Speech

Sunday 27th  December 2020

Watch The Band of The Household Cavalry performing on this year’s Queen’s Christmas Message from Windsor Castle.

 


 

Musicians Working over Christmas

Tuesday 22nd December 2020

With many of the Household Division musicians on annual leave, the Band of the Scots Guards stay behind to fulfil the Christmas Duties.

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Fanfare Competition Results

Friday 18th December 2020

A Fanfare Competition was held to provide a fitting musical tribute to mark the granting of Royal status to the Corps of Army Music. The competition was open to all serving members of the Corps and the response was excellent with over 30 entries.
 

 


 

National Violin Day

Sunday 13th December 2020

Today is National Violin Day and we feature the leader of The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra, Lance Corporal Katie Davies. Learn about her musical background and her path to joining the British Army as a professional violinist.
 

 


 

Sovereign's Parade

Saturday 12th December 2020

The Sovereign‚Äôs Parade at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst is the culmination and pinnacle of any Officer Cadets training in the British Army, it is essentially their ‚Äėpassing out‚Äô parade from a years worth of intensive training. This year the Band of the Grenadier Guards were there.

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Cheese and Cake Ceremony

Thursday 10th December 2020

Each year, The Royal Hospital Chelsea celebrates a variety of Christmas traditions of which The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra has had the pleasure to perform at for a number of years now.

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New Release

Saturday 5th December

Oceans

Composed by Lieutenant Colonel S N Haw MBE. Dedicated to all who are working to save our Oceans.

Released now!


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Saxophone Masterclass

Friday 4 December 2020 

Join Lance Corporal Stephen Shepherd, Principal Saxophonist of the Band of the Welsh Guards on Saturday 5 Dec at 10:30am as he discusses saxophone techniques and performance.

To register your interest, please complete this form.

 


 

World Premiere Charity Recording Release

Monday 22 November 2020

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.

100% of proceeds of sales of the recording of Cenotaph Requiem are being donated to the following Service Charities:

This week, each day one of the five Service Charities benefiting from the sales of Cenotaph Requiem Recording will be featured.

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Launch - State Ceremonial Music Free Download Library

Saturday 21 November 2020

 A Gift to The Nation 

Recordings of music performed by the State Ceremonial Musicians of the Household Division have been curated into a Free Download Music Library of tracks which are freely available to all. 

These tracks can be downloaded for use for any occasion, but for strictly non-commercial purposes. 

For access to the State Ceremonial Music Free Download Library Please click here 

 


 

For Those In Peril On The Sea

Wednesday 18th November 2020

Today, Wednesday 18th November 2020, the funeral of Mr Frederick Hall,  who died last week, one month before his 95th Birthday, will be held in Bridport, Dorset. The family of Mr Hall requested the track above, For those in Peril on the Sea, to be played at the funeral.

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World Premiere Release

Thursday 12th November 2020

World Premiere release in Remembrance Week 2020, to commemorate the Centenary of the unveiling of The Cenotaph and the burial of The Unknown Soldier in Westminster Abbey on 11th November 1920.

State Ceremonial Music New Charity Recording Release with 100% of proceeds of sales to be donated to the following Service Charities: 

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Remembrance Day 2020

Wednesday 11th November 2020

Last Post performed at The Cenotaph

Lance Sergeant Stuart Laing from 1 Welsh Guards will play The Last Post on a bugle recovered from the mud and blood of the Somme in 1915.

To find out more about Remembrance Day 2020 Read More

 

Service at Westminster Abbey

Interviews and coverage from the Band of the Grenadier Guards as they perform at the Centenary Service at Westminster Abbey.

To find out more about Remembrance Day 2020 Read More

To watch the service on BBC One click here

 

Tribute by British Army Musicians

A wonderful tribute from the National Memorial Arboretum by musicians from British Army Music to all who served and continue to serve with selfless sacrifice this special Armistice Day.

To find out more about Remembrance Day 2020 Read More

 


 

Cenotaph Requiem - Note from the Composer

Tuesday 10th November 2020

State Ceremonial Music New Charity Recording Release with 100% of proceeds of sales to be donated to Service Charities.

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Nimrod performed by the Massed Bands of the Household Division

Monday 9th November 2020 

The Massed Bands of the Household Division conducted by Major M D Aldridge, Director of Music Band of the Scots Guards performed Nimrod from: Enigma Variations by Sir Edward Elgar OM GCVO in the Guards' Chapel on Sunday 1st November to start Remembrance Week and to mark the Centenary of the Burial of The Unknown Soldier in Westminster Abbey on 11th November 1920. 

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Remembrance Weekend

Sunday 8th November 20

Church of England Remembrance Service

This online service marks Remembrance Sunday. Led from the Royal Military Chapel by Rev John Vincent CF, the service honours those who gave their lives for the peace of our nation. 

Watch Here

 

Cenotaph Parade at Whitehall on BBC One at 10.15am

David Dimbleby presents live coverage from the Cenotaph. The Royal Family, the government and the armed forces will gather in Westminster for the National Service of Remembrance. The ceremony this year has been adapted for social distancing, and the traditional march-past will not take place. The two-minute silence at 11 o’clock will be followed by wreath-laying at the foot of the Cenotaph as the nation remembers all those who died serving their country.

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Remembrance Weekend

Saturday 7th November 20

Festival of Remembrance 2020 on BBC One at 9.10pm 

Huw Edwards presents the Royal British Legion's annual Festival of Remembrance from the Royal Albert Hall in London. In this socially distanced event HRH the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will pay special tribute to the contributions of Her Majesty’s armed forces as well as the nursing profession.

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Sky News Interview

Just 26 Veterans allowed at Cenotaph as Poppy Day hit by COVID restrictions and the Commanding Officer talks about the World Premiere release of Cenotaph Requiem in Remembrance Week.

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Abide with Me

Friday 6 November 2020 

On 11th November 1920 the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards escorted the Gun Carriage bearing the coffin of The Unknown Soldier, to the Unveiling of The Cenotaph ceremony, and then onwards to Westminster Abbey for the burial in The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier.  

At the end of the service The King stepped forward and dropped a handful of French earth onto the coffin from a silver shell as it was lowered into the grave. At the close of the service, the hymn "Abide with me" was sung by the Westminster Abbey Choir.

Click the track below to listen to: 

Abide with Me - William Monk arr. Lieutenant Colonel S N Haw MBE 
Recorded in the Guards' Chapel by The Regimental Band of The Coldstream Guards, Commonwealth Scholars' Choir, Conducted by Lieutenant Colonel S N Haw MBE.

 


 

Commanding Officer Interviewed by Sky News

Thursday 5 November 2020 

At 12noon today the Commanding Officer was interviewed on the upcoming Cenotaph Parade at Whitehall, Cenotaph Requiem Music Release and the National Act of Remembrance Music download.

Full interview to appear shortly

 


 

Forthcoming Releases  

Tuesday 3rd November 2020

Two new World Premiere recordings are released in Remembrance Week 2020, to commemorate the Centenary of the unveiling of The Cenotaph and the burial of The Unknown Soldier in Westminster Abbey on 11th November 1920.

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BBC Radio Broadcasts

Sunday 1st November 2020

A moving performance by the Massed Bands of the Household Division will be broadcast on Sunday 1st November on Radio 2 and Radio 4.

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