Free Concert: Young person’s guide to military music at Oxford Town Hall

Published: Friday, 22nd April 2016

The Lord Mayor Oxford, Councillor Humberstone is inviting members of the public to attend a free concert at the Town Hall in aid of his charities on Saturday 30 April at 2.30pm.

This event is a joint concert by the Waterloo Band and Bugles of the Rifles and Oxfordshire County Youth Wind Band. It is band music but not as you know it, as the programme contains versions of songs by the Beatles and Queen, Gershwin, Down to the River to Pray, as well as a piece composed by Tchaikovsky. The conductors are Mike Sitt, Mark Prowen and Major Peter Clark.

The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Humberstone said: “It’s a great introduction to military music and a chance to see a performance of a well-established army band together with young musicians from the county playing a diverse repertoire at the Town Hall. I look forward to welcoming guests to the concert”.

The Waterloo Band and Bugles of the Rifles are part of the army reserve and all the musicians play in their spare time. The Oxfordshire Youth Wind Band comprises over 50 young musicians of secondary school age who are learning at Area Music Centres across Oxfordshire.

The Commanding Officer 7 Rifles said: “I am delighted that we are able to support both the Lord Mayor of Oxford, Cllr Rae Humberstone and his charities with the Waterloo Band and Bugles of the Rifles in this way, and provide an exciting and unique opportunity for the participants and staff of the Oxfordshire County Youth Wind Band to experience performing in an exciting military context.”

The concert is free, but there will be a collection and all proceeds will be donated to the Lord Mayor’s charities: TRAX, PARASOL and the Blackbird Leys Adventure Playground (BLAP).