Newsletter May 2015


We have been invited to participate in the Lord Mayor’s Show on Saturday 14 November 2015.    Participants: please  be ready to provide the information we need in good time. 

Music Meeting  Saturday 20 June 2015

We look forward to seeing you at our next Music Meeting – to be held as usual at the Cadet Centre, Surbiton road, Kingston-upon-Thames KT1 2NB.  The meeting will begin at 1100 hrs.  Bring a packed lunch.  Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day.

If you are prepared to instruct at this meeting –  on an instrument or in music notation,  please contact Peter Nightingale :

Mob  07961 815710,     or

Lord Mayor’s Show 2015 : Participants

Active Corps: would the nominated representative of each Corps please provide the name of each Corps member who intends to parade with us on the day and the instrument they play.  Please provide this information by 31 July 2015.  If anyone requires a vegetarian lunch please indicate.

Individual members of the Society: please indicate to me by 31 July 2015 if you wish to parade with the Society on the day.

Lord Mayor’s Show 2015 : Vehicle Passes

Please vehicle-share as much as possible.  Please let me know the make and index number of the vehicles to be used – again, by 31 July 2015.

Lord Mayor’s Show 2015 : Assembly Point

As in previous years, the Assembly Point for civilian bands and corps of drums is The Rotunda, West Smithfield,  London EC1.  This is a large underground car park accessed by a spiral ramp from West Smithfield.  We  must be in the Assembly Area by 0900hrs.  Please allow enough time to park your vehicle in the area around Smithfield market – some of the nearby roads will be closed from early on.

Please go straight to the Society’s numbered assembly point so that the Drum Majors can organise the Corps.  There will be time after this to visit the tea bar and the toilets.

There must be no playing of instruments in the assembly area.

Lord Mayor’s Show 2015 : Music

The music to be played on the day will be selected from the following:

Flute marches: Galanthia, Killaloe (with bugle intro), Prussian Glory, The Londoner, Great Escape, Children’s Love, 1914-18 medley.

Bugle marches: Heraldry, Mechanised Infantry (with Bell Lyres), Bugle Bells, Killaloe (intro, continued by flutes)

Bell Lyres: Eye Level, Mechanised Infantry (with Bugles), The Longest Day, Minstrel Boy, Hearts of Oak.

Please ensure that you know and can play the respective music for your instrument.

Society Subscriptions

Thank you to those who have been prompt in renewing their subscription for 2015. If you haven’t yet done so, please remit to me as soon as possible. Thanks.

Newsletter January 2015


Happy New year to one and all. Now that the excesses of the season are behind us, it is time to look ahead to the Society’s plans for 2015. Please see below the Practice Dates for the coming year, and please concentrate on practising the music (list attached) for the Lord Mayor’s Show 2015.

Practice Dates 2015

Please note the following practices, which will all take place at Kingston Army Reserve Centre,

Surbiton Road, KT1 2NB as usual :

Saturday 14 March

Saturday 16 May

Saturday 11 July

Saturday 24 October (AGM and Lord Mayor’s Show Rehearsal)

Practices commence at 1030 hrs. Tea and coffee are available throughout the day (£1 per person for the day). Bring a packed lunch or use the local amenities.

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Newsletter May 2014


The Society has been invited to participate in the Lord Mayor’s Show in 2014. We have accepted the invitation, so please see the items below concerning music repertoire, and and the need for would-be participants to supply me with various pieces of information.Please note the change of date for the October meeting.

Lord Mayor’ Show 2014

Participating Corps: would the corps leader please supply the names of all the members in your Corps who intend to parade on the day, together with the instrument they play.

Participating individuals: let me know that you are intending to parade on the day.

Vehicle passes: if you cannot travel by public transport, you will need to order a Vehicle Pass for  each vehicle to be used.  Minibuses are preferable to a large number of cars.  Please carshare as much as practicable. Let me know the type of vehicle and its registration number.  Lunch  : all participants  - lunch is usually a sandwich and bottled water, and the vegetarian option is usually a cheese sandwich – the organisers cannot accommodate more complicated dietary requirements.  If you require a vegetarian lunch please let me know.

I need all this information by 31 July 2014 so that I can get it to the Pageantmaster in time.

Music for Lord Mayor’s Show 2014

Please ensure that you know and can play the pieces of music for your instrument:

Flutes: The Adjutant;  Prussian Glory;  Retreats (Flow Gently Sweet Afton, The Ash Grove, Mandora);  Great Escape; Welsh Medley; The Londoner; Euterpe; Killaloe; 1914-1918; Galanthia; San Lorenzo; Silver Trumpeter.When we pass the Mansion House we will be playing 1914-1918

Bugles : Bugle Bells; Bugles and Drums; Heraldry; Men of the Hills

Bell-lyres : The Rising of the Lark; Hearts of Oak; Minstrel Boy; Eye Level; Longest Day

Bugles and Bell-lyres : Mechanised Infantry

Music Meetings 2014

The remaining meetings for the year are as follows:

Saturday 19 July

Saturday 13 September

*Saturday 11 October*  Please note that this date has been changed

                                                     This meeting will include the AGM

Saturday 8 November : Lord Mayor’s Show

Subscription to the Society

Thank you to all who have paid their subscription for this year.  I have not sent out individual written acknowledgements owing to high cost of postage.


From John Townend: New Corps Being Formed

Dear Fellow Drummers

I have recently been appointed training Development Officer for a new Cadet Corps and adult volunteer corps based on Civil Defence and working with schools around the Milton Keynes area, and due to launch on 26 April this year.  We are hoping, as part of our development strategy, to form a Corps of Drums.To this end we would like to make the appointment of a Corps Drum Major to develop the corps, and some instructional staff to assist.

Please contact Colin Harmsworth the Officer Commanding at:  or myself on or  0121 360 0225

 Belfast to host Flute World Record Attempt

On September13th 2014 the World’s biggest ever event for flautists is being held in Northern Ireland.

It is hoped over 4000 participants will perform together in the Kings Hall Complex in an official attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the: Largest Flute Ensemble. The current world record is held in Japan and was achieved by 3,742 participants in 2011.

With support from the banding scene, schools, tutors, orchestras and individuals right across the British Isles, a new world record is possible.

A special piece of music is being composed allowingall types of flutes to become involved, participation in this event is open to everyone who reads music and plays flute at whatever level, the piece will soon be available to download from the official website

Incorporated within this record attempt is ‘Flutes up for Charity’, helping to raise money for three very worthwhile charities: Marie Curie Hospice Belfast, Northern Ireland’s Children’s Hospice & Radio Cracker.

Everyone who participates in this event will have the opportunity to receive their own Official Guinness World Record Certificate of Participation.

The event will obviously create a lot of media attention; if individuals or bands would like to take part simply visit the official website at for more details of how to become involved, registration is now open.