Charity Concert a Great Success
The Regimental Band of the Scots Guards visited Stamford last week to perform in a charity concert at Stamford School, raising over £2,000 for Help the Heroes and The Royal British Legion.
The day started with a workshop for the 25 band members and 23 talented musicians from the Stamford Endowed Schools’ Concert Band who would be performing in the evening concert. It was the first chance for the pupils to practice with the prestigious band and glorious sound roared out across the Chapel Lawn as the performers got to grips with the challenging musical pieces.
In the evening, a 350 strong crowd attended the annual concert. The assembled band, led by Bandmaster W.O.1 Mark Evans, delighted the audience with a varied programme of music including military fanfares alongside soundtracks for films including ‘James Bond’ and West End shows such as ‘The Phantom of the Opera’. Another highlight was two superb solo performances by Sixth Formers which delighted the audience. Lizzie Painter (Y13) performed the ‘Trumpeter’s Lullaby’ while Tom Carr (Y12) performed the Trombone solo in ‘The Acrobat’. The band was also joined by Johnny Aughton, flute teacher at the Stamford Endowed Schools, who spent 22 years in the Coldstream Guards Regimental Band. A raffle with a top prize of a weekend for two in Barcelona helped to raise more funds for the worthwhile causes.
Event organiser George Woolf was very pleased with the success of the concert, commenting “We feel extremely honoured to have the Scots Guards performing here in Stamford, and they in turn were very impressed with the pupils. They are already planning to come back next year.”
Many of the Stamford Endowed Schools' concerts are open to all.