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Sell-out Remembrance concert held in Thatcham

Watership Brass raises funds for the Poppy Appeal

Sell-out Remembrance concert held in Thatcham

A SELL-OUT concert of Remembrance has raised thousands for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

Watership Brass, the Newbury town band, returned to support the Thatcham branch of the Royal British Legion on Saturday, October 29.

The concert marked the 17th straight year that the band has supported the Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

The concert at Thatcham Baptist Church was a sell-out and included items played by the band over the course of the year, along with pieces specially prepared for the Remembrance concert.

Together with the usual mix of traditional marches, including the British Legion’s own signature march, popular music and film scores, some of the band’s principle players entertained the crowd with solo items.

The highlight of the night was the band’s performance of O Magnum Mysterium, which depicts the birth of Jesus.

The band performed the piece in total darkness, illuminated only by a handful of lights and a presentation  remembering some of the influential figures in the world of music and entertainment who died in 2016.

Last year’s concert raised around £1,700 towards the
Legion’s fundraising efforts,
and organisers hope that this year’s performance is just as successful.

Band member James Cox said: “The band is proud to offer its support to such a worthy cause and looks forward to doing so for many more years to come.”

Watership Brass will be marching at the head of the Remembrance Parade through the streets of Newbury on Sunday.

Mr Coz said: “With reports that Newbury’s parade now represents one of the largest such Remembrance events held in the South of England, the band is extremely honoured to be able to play its part once again in helping the town remember those who sacrificed so much.”

To find out more about Watership Brass, visit the band’s website, their Facebook page Watership Brass (the Newbury Town Band)  YouTube channel and Twitter @Watershipbrass.

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