Lovely Christmas concert by the Band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Logistic Corps

On Friday last we were in the warmth of the Tela Theatre at Princess Royal Barracks to listen to the Band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Logistic Corps‘ Christmas concert.

Tickets for their concerts soon sell out, so keep your eye on their Facebook page for upcoming concerts, then contact Sue on 01252 833 744, or email to to book your seat.

We were in a party from the Camberley & District Probus Club, and we even got a mention from the Director of Music. We also provided an audience participant to the Twelve Days of Christmas, where cards are held up to remind everyone of the words. Always amusing.

The Band’s performances are always engagingly different. My wife particularly liking Christmas Bolero, arranged by Barry. Me, I like anything played by their big band ensemble, with a tuba adding a deep low pitched sound.

Two members of the Band are leaving, Maj Lauren Petritz-Watts, the Director of Music, and Cpl Faye Duckenfield after 12 years in the Army [second from left in the photo]. I took a very short video – see below – the Corps of Drums segment of the concert.

Make a diary note: Farnborough Concert Band Christmas Concert in Frimley

Here’s another make a diary note about concert band upcoming concerts. This one is by the Farnborough Concert Band who’ll be performing their Christmas Concert at St Peter’s Church in Frimley, at 5.30 pm on Saturday 2nd December 2017.

Here’s the Band’s upcoming engagements. Click on the image to enlarge and link to the band’s website.

Make a diary note: Bagshot Concert Band Christmas concert in Lightwater

Make a diary note that the Bagshot Concert Band is to perform a Christmas Concert on Saturday 16th December, from 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm at All Saints’ Church, Broadway Road, Lightwater.

The band perform the stirring Last Post and Reveille at Lightwater’s Remembrance Service by the War Memorial in Guildford Road. They’ll be there again at this Sunday’s service.

Surrey Heath Singers perform ‘Music for Royal Occasions’

We were in the audience, at High Cross Church last Saturday, who were entertained by the Surrey Heath Singers ‘Music for Royal Occasions’ concert. The concert programme, with works by Handel, Purcell, Rutter, Vaughan Williams, Parry, and Mealor, was enjoyable for its variety.

Among the pieces was George Frideric Handel’s coronation anthem, Zadoc the Priest, for the  coronation of George II in 1727. Powerful and popular, it allowed the singers to give full voice. Other works in the concert were more restrained.

Another of Handel’s popular coronation anthems is My heart is inditing. No, I didn’t know what it meant either. Inditing is another word for composing. To say that your heart is composing is to say that words are coming straight from your heart. [Thanks to HERE for the explanation]

Here are a few photos of the choir,

A musical alternative to Bonfire Night

Here’s a splendid alternative to one of the Bonfire Night events this Saturday. It’s the Surrey Heath Singers Autumn Concert on Saturday 4 November 2017 at 7:30 pm at High Cross Church, Camberley.

Here’s what Surrey Heath Singers say about their upcoming concert,

Re-live the emotion of royal ceremonies over the last 300 years through the music of great composers, including works written specially for Prince William’s wedding, brought to you by Surrey Heath Singers. Coronations, weddings, funerals – cheer and grieve with the whole nation!