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London Metropolitan Brass is an amateur brass band organisation, established in 2013, based in North London. We run three bands catering for over 80 players of all ages and abilities.
Performances are the heart of what we do. The band has a busy schedule comprising a mix of local community and charity gigs, formal concerts, TV filming and trips further afield including the Whit Friday marches and our annual band tour. We have had the opportunity to play some fantastic venues including Alexandra Palace, the Southbank Centre, the Olympic Park, RAF Hendon and many famous bandstands across London.
We have a vibrant social scene, including regular theatre and concert trips, parties, barbecues, as well as the usual post-rehearsal drinks.
The bandstand in The Regent's Park is located on Holme Green, between the boating lake and Inner Circle. It was moved from Richmond Park to The Regent's Park in the 1970s.
The Regent’s Park combines large open spaces with tree-lined pathways, formal gardens, and four children’s playgrounds. It has excellent sports facilities, and contains central London’s largest outdoor sports area.
Walk through the elegant flowerbeds in the Avenue Gardens, see more than 12,000 roses in Queen Mary’s Gardens, or hire a rowing boat and join the ducks on the boating lake. Visit the Open Air Theatre and London Zoo, then take a stroll up Primrose Hill for excellent views of the London skyline.
The park also provides a warm welcome for wildlife. It has a large wetland area and is home to around 100 species of wild bird and a breeding population of hedgehogs.
In 1982, the bandstand was the target of a terrorist attack. The IRA bombed the bandstand on 20th July 1982, killing seven soldiers and injuring 24 others during a concert by the band of the Royal Green Jackets. The bandstand is sometimes called the "Memorial Bandstand" in memory of the dead soldiers. There is a plaque that commemorates the seven bandsmen who were killed.
Two years after the bombing, the composer George Lloyd wrote Royal Parks For Brass Band, the second movement of which, In Memoriam is dedicated to the bandsmen who died. The piece still features in many band repertoires.
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