A MILITARY band, buglers, a barbershop quartet and an ex-services singer-songwriter are all playing their part in this year’s annual Concert of Remembrance.
Hosted by BBC Newcastle’s Gilly Hope the concert is headlined by the Royal Signals Northern Band. It promises music from across the years and the opportunity to honour those who have served their country, many making the ultimate sacrifice.
Based in Darlington the Royal Signals (Northern) Band has a history dating back to 1952 and a reputation as a leading band in the Army Reserve.
Music has always been an important part of Army life and Reserve bands present the local and vocal face of the Army at many community events. The band is a traditional military band made up of musicians playing brass, woodwind and percussion instruments as well as vocalists, guitarists and keyboard players who have a high standard of musicianship and are willing to take up the challenge of a modern Reserve band.
Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Alan Emerson said: “Our city is proud to continue its support of both Her Majesty’s Forces and the emergency services that are there for us in times of need. Our annual concert in particular is an opportunity for us all to reflect on the many sacrifices made by our service men and women and to celebrate the peace and freedom we have today.
“The Remembrance Weekend of which this concert is a key part, is one of the most important events in our civic calendar and I encourage everyone to come along to the concert on Saturday and also to show their support at the Remembrance Parade on Sunday 13 November.”
Also on the evening:
The Band and Bugles of Durham Army Cadet Force
The Shoeshop Quartet, a professional girl group from the North-East of England, specialising in Barbershop and close-harmony A Cappella singing.
Ste Johnson a powerful acoustic singer songwriter with a mix of his own works and guaranteed to put his unique twist on some well-known classics.
March on of Her Majesty’s Forces, and the Standards of the Royal British Legion, and the Emergency Services.
Doors open for the concert on Saturday 12 November at 6.30pm with the concert beginning at 7pmand ending around 9.15pm
Tickets for the annual Concert of Remembrance at the Seaburn Centre Sunderland on Saturday 12 November are now on sale priced £6. They can be bought online at www.sunderlandlive.co.uk
Tickets are also available from Tuesday 11 October at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (opening hours Monday –Sat 10am-4pm Sunday 12pm-4pm and Customer Service Centre (Fawcett Street). Opening hours Monday to Thursday: 8.30am to 4.30pm Friday: 8.30am to 4pm