DURHAM buglers are blowing their own trumpets after being selected to play at one of the UK’s top venues.
The Band and Bugles of Durham ACF have been selected to play at the Royal Albert Hall when the Massed Bands and Bugles of The Rifles come together next month.
The event will celebrate 200 years of history and achievements and pay tribute to The Rifles’ antecedent regiments, which proudly count among their numbers the renowned Durham Light Infantry (DLI).
Chosen for their levels of professionalism, the cadets will be playing with some of the most experienced musicians in the British Army and to an audience of up to 5,000 people, among them royalty, VIPs and members of the serving regiment.
Importantly, they will be taking part in an event that is being held in support of Care for Casualties, The Rifles Appeal that helps the wounded, their families and the families of the fallen.
“The Band and Bugles of Durham ACF are an inspiration in so many ways,” said James Ramsbotham, boss of the NE Chamber of Commerce and Rifles County Colonel for Durham.
“These young people display the highest levels of musicianship and military marching.
“Whether performing a Sounding the Retreat in Durham Cathedral Cloisters or playing for the unveiling of the DLI Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum, they are the finest ambassadors for County Durham, Army Cadets and The Rifles.”
Major General Greg Smith, Assistant Chief of the General Staff (Reserves and Cadets), added: “There are today around 45,000 Army cadets and I think it’s fantastic that they are being involved in this kind of high-profile event.
The evening will be hosted by ex-war correspondent and ITV news presenter, Alastair Stewart.