A world-renowned military band will join pupils for a special Jubilee concert in Harrogate


The North Yorkshire Schools Jubilee Celebration Concert takes place at the Harrogate Convention Center on Friday 17 June.

Alongside 350 children from North Yorkshire schools will take part the band of the Grenadier Guards.

The world famous military band, recognizable by their scarlet tunics and bearskin hats and whose history dates back over 300 years, played a key role as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Parade in London earlier this month, and perform in celebration concerts across the country throughout this year.

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A world-renowned military band is due to perform at the North Yorkshire Schools Jubilee Celebration Concert in Harrogate this Friday

Members of the North Yorkshire County Council School Music Service were lucky to have a request for the band to join the gig accepted, and they will perform in Harrogate on Friday.

The North Yorkshire County Schools Big Band, Primary and Primary School Choirs and Wind Orchestra, Richmond Chamber Choir and County Youth Choir will share billing with the Grenadier Guards Band.

They will perform music from every decade of the Queen’s reign, including Abba’s Waterloo, The Jackson 5’s I Want You Back and The Beatles’ Hey Jude.

The Band of the Grenadier Guards will also perform Crown Imperial, music from West Side Story, Symphony by Clean Bandit and will end the evening with Pomp and Circumstance by Edward Elgar and the national anthem.

One of the Grenadier Guards, George Hirst, is a former North Yorkshire School pupil who was a member of some of the bands in the Music Service and will be playing at the concert.

The trumpet player was a former member of the Selby Music Centre, County Youth Big Band and County Youth Orchestra from the age of 12.

Ian Bangay, Head of North Yorkshire County Music Service, said: “Children in North Yorkshire schools have worked hard to prepare for this very special concert and to put on a show that they and everyone else will love. undoubtedly proud.

“The North Yorkshire Music Service and school bands, orchestras and musical ensembles have a long history of producing talented musicians.

“We are very proud to have one of those former Music Service musicians, George Hirst, return with the Grenadier Guards, which he joined last year.

“It is a great honor and a fantastic experience for our young people to perform with one of the most prestigious and recognizable military bands in the world to mark the Platinum Jubilee.

“It should be an evening that everyone will remember for many years to come.”


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