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Greenwich Concert Band is regarded as one of South London’s foremost amateur concert bands attracting experienced and talented musicians from the surrounding areas. Many of Greenwich Concert Band's members are, or have been, professional musicians and tutors with a number coming from the senior military bands.
We also benefit from being supported by a wealth of young talent graduating from the Greenwich Youth Band - part of the Greenwich Academy of Music and Drama. However, we are always looking for new members.
The Band can cover a wide range of music allowing it to tailor performances to meet every concert’s needs. Our repertoire covers music from ‘stage and screen’ to light classics and traditional pieces and, with a number of ‘big-band’ musicians on board, the band excels in performing ‘40s swing’ and popular standards.
We perform concerts at a variety of venues throughout the South East which include concert halls, yacht/golf clubs, churches, ‘marquee’ events, bandstands and summer festivals ~ as well as carrying out fundraising activities for charities and other organisations.
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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