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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.

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

ABF The Soldiers' Charity 
Combat Stress 
Corps of Army Music Trust (CAMUS Trust) 
Royal British Legion (RBL) 
SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity

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

Wednesday's Charity Focus:

Corps of Army Music Trust

Wednesday 25th November 2020

The Corps of Army Music (CAMUS) Trust is a charity for current and former musicians within the Corps of Army Music. The mission of the CAMUS Trust is to:

  • Promote the efficiency of the Army and in particular that of the Corps of Army Music
  • To foster Esprit De Corps and Comradeship between all serving and former members of the Corps
  • To relieve either generally or individually serving and former members of the Corps and their dependants who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress
  • To promote the education, training, physical fitness and efficiency of members of the Corps

On behalf of the 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 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!’’

There are currently 14 bands which are part of the Corp of Army Music (CAMUS):

To find out more about The Corps of Army Music click here.

To find out more about the British Army click here.

With every CD sold of Cenotaph Requiem 100% proceeds is being donated to this Charity and four others. Check back tomorrow to find out about the work of the Royal British Legion.

 

Tuesday’s Charity Focus:

Combat Stress

Tuesday 24th November 2020

Combat Stress are the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health. For over a century, They’ve helped former servicemen and women with mental health problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression. Today they provide specialist treatment and support for veterans from every service and conflict, focusing on those with complex mental health issues. 

Their vision is for all former servicemen and women with complex mental health problems to live full and meaningful lives. Their mission is to provide support and treatment to veterans with complex mental health problems to help them tackle the past and take on the future.

Robert Marsh, Director of Fundraising at Combat Stress, said: ‚ÄúWe are extremely grateful to the Household Division Bands for their support for veterans‚Äô mental health through the release of their remarkable album ‚ÄėCenotaph Requiem‚Äô. Made to honour the bravery and sacrifice of our nation‚Äôs Armed Forces personnel, it is fitting therefore that the proceeds of the album will support the military community, and help us to continue providing life-changing treatment to those veterans in need of help.‚ÄĚ

To find out more about the work of the Combat Stress click here.

With every CD sold of Cenotaph Requiem 100% proceeds is being donated to this Charity and four others. Check back tomorrow when we will focus on the work of the CAMUS Trust.

 

Monday's Charity Focus:

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity

Monday 23rd November 2020 

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity supports 70,000 people in around 60 countries each year. They do this by awarding grants to individuals and families, and providing essential funding to around 90 charities and organisations that support the Army family. When they hear of a person or family in need, they aim to respond within 48 hours.

Their vision is ‚ÄėAll soldiers, veterans and their immediate families should have the opportunity to avoid hardship and enjoy independence and dignity.‚Äô

The overall scale, breadth and range of their support is vast. They help very young serving families cope with a sudden bereavement or traumatic loss. They provide wide-ranging support to wounded soldiers, many of whom will need increasing financial assistance for decades to come. They provide help with housing, education and training for employment for soldiers and veterans of all ages. They are there for older veterans and their widows or widowers when they find themselves lonely or isolated.

Brigadier (Ret’d) Robin Bacon, Chief of Staff at ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, said: "We are delighted to be amongst the service charities selected by The Household Division to benefit from its beautiful Cenotaph Requiem. This year has presented many challenges, but it is wonderful to see the British Army bringing people together through music and supporting the Army family during these difficult times."

To find out more about the work of the ABF The Soldiers' Charity click here

With every CD sold of Cenotaph Requiem 100% proceeds is being donated to this Charity and four others. Check back tomorrow when we will focus on the work of Combat Stress.

 

World Premiere Release of Cenotaph Requiem 
is available to purchase here   

 

  


 

Launch - State Ceremonial Music Free Download Library

Saturday 20 November 2020

 Gift to The Nation 

On Saturday 20 November 2020 a new and unique music library has been launched as 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:

 

Army Benevolent Fund (ABF The Soldiers' Charity) 
Combat Stress 
Corps of Army Music Trust (CAMUS Trust) 
Royal British Legion (RBL) 
Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA)

 

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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 who 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 performed Nimrod in the Guards' Chapel on Sunday 1st November to start Remembrance Week 

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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. 

Click here to watch.

 

 

Cenotaph Parade at Whitehall tomorrow 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.

Click here to find out more.

 

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.

Click here to find out more.

  

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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