Becontree entertain thousands at Royal Wedding celebrations

Discussion in 'Bandroom News - User Submitted' started by BaritoneJen, Apr 30, 2011.

  1. BaritoneJen

    BaritoneJen New Member

    Yesterday afternoon Becontree Brass Band had the privilege of performing live to over 5,000 revellers in St. James’ Park, London as part of the Royal Wedding celebrations. The band – who are regularly invited to play in St. James’ Park as part of the summer concert season – took to the stage from 2pm to entertain the crowds as they returned from congratulating the Royal couple outside Buckingham Palace. The band had earlier performed to over 8 million listeners in a live outside broadcast on the BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans breakfast show.

    Arriving in the park at 7am for the show, Becontree shared the stage with pop band The Hoosiers and Chaz Hodges of cockney duo 'Chas and Dave'. Performing in three slots throughout the broadcast, the band recreated listeners’ favourite show theme-tune “How do you like your eggs in the morning?” and were described by Evans as “the Led Zeppelin of the Royal Wedding”.

    Later on, Becontree lead the crowd’s afternoon celebrations by performing an exciting and varied programme chosen by musical director Adam Cooke. The audience enjoyed singing, dancing & clapping along to patriotic favourites including Jerusalem, The Dambusters, Fantasy on British Sea Songs, Rule Britannia and Pomp & Circumstance No.1. They were also treated to solo’s performed by the band’s Solo Trombone (David Murray), Euphonium (Alan Flower), Tenor Horn (Trevor Foster) and Flugel player (Alex Campbell).

    The band felt extremely proud & honoured to have been asked to lead the celebrations at such a prestigious event, and for many Members this was the largest audience to whom they had ever played. Jenny Meadows, the band’s Solo Baritone player and Executive Treasurer, told 4BR, “The atmosphere of the day was amazing – I’d never experienced anything like it at a band engagement before – it was brilliant”.

    To see more pictures and hear recordings from the day’s events please visit the band’s website
  2. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    Hadleigh, Essex
    I'm glad you had a good day. Chas and Dave have a good pedigree when it comes to brass bands, having been involved in several joint ventures with Cambridge Heath Band, including a Christmas cd and concerts for St Joseph's Hospice, the Heath itself and the Hackney Empire theatre.
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