Barbersop quartet, buglers and school choir form part of Sunderland’s Concert of Remembranc

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A MILITARY band, buglers, a barbershop quartet and a school choir are all playing their part in this year’s Concert of Remembrance.

The concert at the Seaburn Centre is headlined by the Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band, formed on June 1, 2006 and based in Catterick, North Yorkshire.

With 35 musicians, they perform as a concert band, a marching band, a dance band, and various ensembles such as quintets and quartets.

They perform over the world in all types of military, ceremonial and public events.

Other acts to play on the night include The City Sings 2013 winner, East Herrington Primary School; Band and Bugles of Durham Army Cadet Force and The Shoeshop Quartet, a professional barbershop girl group.

Readings will include In Flanders Field read by Colonel J G Hughes; For the Fallen read by Ted Hold, president of the Sunderland Branch of The Parachute Regimental Association and Far East POW Prayer read by Len Gibson, formerly of 125 Anti-Tank Regiment Royal Artillery and POW on the Death Railway.

Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Robert Heron, said: “Sunderland is very proud of Her Majesty’s Forces and the emergency services that support us in our times of need. This concert is an opportunity for us all to reflect on the many sacrifices made by our servicemen 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. The support it receives from the citizens of Sunderland has made it one of the biggest events of its kind outside of London, I would encourage everyone to take part by coming to the Saturday concert and showing their support at Sunday’s Remembrance Parade.”

Compere is the BBC’s Peter Grant and the Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band appears by kind permission of the Director Royal Armoured Corps, Brigadier S Levey.

Doors open for the Concert of Remembrance at Seaburn Centre on Saturday at 6.30pm with the concert due to begin at 7pm, ending at approximately 9.15pm.

Tickets are £6 from Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.