Margate Winter Gardens Concert

Horsham with the CoDs May 14 2012Sunday 22nd September saw the band back at the famous old Winter Gardens for another concert at Margate together with the magnificent RM Corps of Drums from the RM Band of HMS Collingwood. Well done to them, the band and thanks to another enthusiastic audience who clearly appreciated our musical programme and assorted soloists for the day.

The Finale was a particularly special and poignant Dave Cole arrangement of “The Final Countdown” leading into “Love Changes Everything” written to commemorate the anniversary of the 11 RM Bandsmen who tragically lost their lives in the IRA bombing of the RM School of Music in Deal, together with 21 other bandsmen injured 24 years ago to the day.

During the transition of the piece to “Love Changes Everything,” Dave Cole read out the names of the 11 RM Bandsmen as our percussionist Helen Saunders (seen here right) struck the resonant gong for each individual musician. Helen on Glock

This day was particularly important for our lead trumpet player Jonathon Yates and his trumpet playing wife Wendy (both pictured here with Dave Cole) Jon Wendy and DCas they had earlier attended a memorial service in the Garden of Remembrance at Deal. – Jon was one who luckily escaped the full impact on that day, having only just stepped out of the fateful building moments earlier and as result was very much involved in the attempted rescue of his close friends and colleagues in the shocking aftermath.

The concert was (as always) a good mixture of marches, light classics, film, musical theatre including tributes to composers etc; plus some memorable solos from Jon Yates, Elaine Coker (Oboe seen here)

Paul CokerPaul Coker at RMM (trombone) (right) and Eric Payne (below on Alto Sax).Eric front of display board

The finale was especially memorable this year commencing with the march “Mechanized Infantry” with the Corps of Drums once again displaying their undoubted talent and versatility with both drum and bugles. The mood then softened somewhat as the band played out one of the most melodic of hymns “The Day Thou Gavest” featuring Brian Allen on Euphonium. This was Brian Allenfollowed by the traditional “Sunset” incorporating the excellent bugle playing by the Corps of Drums. By then, you can imagine, there was barely a dry eye in the house, before spirits were lightened once more as the programme went into a rousing “Rule Britannia,” before completing with the traditional marches of both the Royal Navy and Royal Marines “Hearts of Oak” and “A Life on The Ocean Wave.”

Below are comments received so far:-

Just to thank Captain David Cole and the Band for a wonderful Concert @ the Winter Gardens on the 22nd September.It was a pleasure to be in attendance and remembering Deal in 1989 all through the concert David always works his magic with the both the R M A C B and the Central Band of the R B L Could you please add me to your Offical News Letter mailing list.

Yours sincerely
Julian Kirk
Meerdyke Farm,Harps Hall Road,Walton Highway,Norfolk.

“Thank you all so very much for a stunning afternoon concert at the Winter Gardens yesterday. For me it was a particular thrill to once again be privileged to hear the amazing talent of the likes of Jon Yates, and the musical mastery of David Cole. Oh how I wish David, Jon and other past RMB members would go back to the RAH as guest appearances at the MFM. I’ve run coach parties to each and every one of the forty-plus MFM’s, and yesterday was the first coach party to a RMACB event. It most definitely won’t be the last. Thank you all once again. An excellent concert.”

Chris Willcock

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