A National Tour by the Band of the Grenadier Guards The Band of the Grenadier Guards, one of Britain’s top military bands, will be conducting a tour of England between 16th - 30th August to raise funds for their fallen and injured comrades. After its last tour of duty in Afghanistan, the Regiment suffered five mortalities and over thirty seriously wounded, casualty figures not seen since the Second World War. As the musical arm of England’s oldest regiment, the Band of the Grenadier Guards is usually to be found on parade at state occasions like Trooping the Colour and state visits of overseas presidents as well as the daily Guard Mounting ceremonies at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. The Band’s world famous repertoire, heard at this year’s FA Cup Final, will now be heard live in concert halls and Cathedrals across the country with a programme that will included Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s ‘Where Eagles Sing’, Philip Wilby’s ‘Paganini Variations’ and a brand new work by the bands associate composer, Nigel Clarke, called ‘Fields of Remembrance’. Completed in May 2008, ‘Fields of Remembrance’ is Nigel’s first composition for the band and was specially written for the forthcoming tour. The work takes the form of a portrait overture and is based on one of the regimental slow marches of the Grenadier Guards, or ‘Grenadiers’ Return’, as it has come to be known. This piece is traditionally played whenever Grenadier soldiers return to barracks after duty. The money raised will go to The Colonel’s Fund, which was set up under the auspices of HRH The Prince Philip, who is Colonel of the Regiment. In his words, the fund is “A practical regimental family response to the severe stresses and to the sad toll of lives and serious injuries experienced by the Regiment in recent operations”. Director of Music, Major Barry Wassell, said: “This is a really important event for us. First, we are thrilled by the opportunity to perform throughout the nation. Second, as Grenadier musicians, we are part and parcel of the Grenadier military family. Money raised from the concert will go to our brothers in arms.” The band will be playing at the following venues; Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone Saturday 16th August 2008, 7:30pm Contact 0844 847 1776 for ticket information Bristol Cathedral By kind permission of the Dean and Chapter Sunday 17th August 2008, 7:30pm Contact 0117 927 6536 for ticket information Walsall Town Hall Wednesday 20th August 2008, 7:30pm Contact 0845 111 2900 for ticket information Derby Cathedral By kind permission of the Dean and Chapter Thursday 21st August 2008, 7:30pm Contact 01332 341 201 Ext.41 for ticket information The Stockport Plaza, Cheshire Friday 22nd August 2008, 7:30pm Contact 0161 477 7779 for ticket information The Royal Hall, Harrogate Saturday 23rd August 2008, 7:30pm Contact 0845 130 8840 for ticket information Sheffield Cathedral By kind permission of the Dean and Chapter Sunday 24th August 2008, 7:30pm Contact 0114 256 5656 for ticket information Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire By kind permission of the Dean and Chapter Tuesday 26th August 2008, 7:30pm Contact 01636 812 933 for ticket information Willows Arts Centre, Corby Wednesday 27th August 2008, 7:30pm Contact 01536 402 233 for ticket information Cheltenham Town Hall Thursday 28th August 2008, 7:30pm Contact 01242 227 979 for ticket information Malvern Theatres, Worcestershire Friday 29th August 2008, 7:30pm Contact 01684 892 277 for ticket information Guildford Cathedral By kind permission of the Dean and Chapter Saturday 30th August 2008, 7:30pm Contact 01483 547 870 for ticket information A complete list of dates and venues can also be found at www.thecolonelsfund.com along with details of how to buy tickets.