Christmas Concert Week December 2014
- Published on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 22:30
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The Royal British Legion Band & Corps of Drums, Romford were ramping up the Christmas spirit in spectacular style with a series of Christmas Concerts this week. The annual concert programme gives the oppurtunity for our drummers and musicians to showcase their talents to friends, relatives and guests. Following two mid-week concerts, at the Dagenham Royal British Legion Club, and for the Royal Naval Association at the Romford Royal British Legion Club, the show really got going at the weekend with two packed out shows at the Band HQ, Richardson Hall.
The Band wowed the crowd with new arrangements showcasing medleys from Coldplay, Michael Jackson and 2014 Disney hit film, Frozen. Some Christmas cheer was brought on with the usual carols and more rocking Christmas tunes.
The Band were delighted to welcome back WO1 Esther Freeborn into the hall for the first time since October 2013. Esther has been on a 9-month tour of Afghanistan working with training the Afghan army.
The Sunday concert also saw two very special guest conductors take to the stage. Major Jason Griffiths and Captain Craig Hallat, both of the Corps of Army Music, who are also Vice-Presidents of the Band, conducted Coldplay On Stage and Michael!.
Please see the video footage below of the concert, and the photographs on our Facebook page. here.
And last but not least...
the Band would like to wish you a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!
Quick march to 2015!
Sunday 9th November - Remembrance Sunday
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As per the annual tradition, the Band led the Remembrance Sunday parade through Romford. The Band also played a short concert for shoppers in The Mall shopping centre. The parade culminated with a service in the Coronation Gardens, Romford's War Memorial.
Following the service, the Band led the parade back to it's hall, Richardson Hall, for the unveiling of two new plaques. These were dedicating the lives of two men, our founder Peter Richardson BEM, and Bandmaster Leslie 'Max' McWilliam. The hall was packed after the parade with guests wanting to get out of the cold! Fortunately there were several videos taken on the day, showcasing our band drums. Feel free to scroll down and take a look..
News Update: August
- Published on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 22:39
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Sunday 13th July - Concert in Raphael Park, Romford, in aid of St Francis Hospice
The inagural "Sunflower Picnic" took place on Sunday 13th July in Raphael Park in Romford. The Band opened the day of fundraising for the local charity St Francis Hospice by performing a concert on the park's bandstand. Further information about the hospice can be found here.
Saturday 19th July - The Alrewas Show and National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire
The Band were invited to perform at The Alrewas Show, near Alrewas in Staffordshire. Aside from a successful performance at the show, the Band also visited the National Memorial Arboretum. Founded in 1997, the National Memorial Arboretum is a 150-acre site, comprising of some 200 memorials which acknowledge the sacrifises made by our Armed and Civilian Forces. It was here where the Band remembered it's own drummer, L/Cpl Kirk Redpath, who we tragically lost in 2007 during his tour in Iraq. Further information about the Alrewas Show can be found here, and further information about the National Memorial Arboretum can be found here.
Sunday 3 August - Hickstead The Longines Royal International Horse Show
The Band returned to the Hickstead Showground for the second time in 2014, this time to perform at The Longines Royal International Horse Show. The competition sees the worlds best jockeys fighting for the most prized title in the UK. Further information about the event can be found here.
Monday 4 August - Lights out for World War I
This day was the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I and it was marked by a campaign, led by the Royal British Legion, where members of the public were invited to switch off their lights for an hour until 2300 BST, the time was was declared in 1914. The Band marked this anniversary by attending the Romford War Memorial,where the band held their own service commemorating the event along with the RBL Romford Branch Chairman. Further information can be found here.
News Update: September
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Friday 12 September - Magical Taxi Tour, Canary Wharf
The Magical Taxi Tour is a charity event organised by the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers, where a convoy of London taxis take hundreds of children with serious illnesses and debilitating conditions on a once in a life time trip to Disneyland Paris.
The Band had the honour of playing at the event (which, by the way, involved leaving Romford at 5am on a Friday morning!) to send the cabbies and children off to Disneyland Paris from their starting point under the shade of Canary Wharf. The Band performed excellently and were very proud of the job they did that day.
Further information about The Magical Taxi Tour is here
Saturday 20/Sunday 21 September - The Royal County of Berkshire Show, Newbury
The Royal County of Berkshire Show takes place annually at the Newbury Showground. The Band have enjoyed performing at the show in the past and were excited to be invited back. This is primarily because the nature of the job means the band camps on the show ground overnight! The show treated the band members to complimentary food and drink, and a well stocked bar and live band. The Band, as always, performed excellently over the two days and were well received by the sizeable crowd.
For more information about The Royal County of Berkshire Show, take a look here
Sunday 28 September - Ian given an unusual honour
Our Director, Ian Yeoman BEM, has had the 'honour' of having his name printed onto the side of a supermarket delivery van! Morrisons launched the Highway Hero competition in July 2014, asking local residents to nominate members of the community whom they thought would be deserving of an award. Trombonist Cpl Luke Endacott secretly nominated Ian for the award, which also meant the band received a donation of £1000 from Morrisons. Well done Luke!
Ian also appeared in the Brentwood Gazette, which can be seen here
Band Director Ian Yeoman BEM awarded by The Mayor
- Published on Thursday, 17 July 2014 18:57
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The Band is pleased to announce that as a result of its Director, Ian Yeoman, receiving the BEM from Her Majesty The Queen in The New Year’s Honours List, The Worshipful the Mayor of the London Borough of Havering, Cllr Linda Trew, has recognised his service to the youth of the community, through the Band, by awarding a certificate for Meritorious Service to the Community on behalf of the borough.
The Band would wish to congratulate Ian on yet another award!