31 October 2012
On 18th October cadets from Cornwall ACF, Durham ACF and Somerset ACF joined Regular and TA Musicians to form the Massed Bands & Bugles of The Rifles in a unique musical extravaganza at the Royal Albert Hall. The concert was in aid of the charity Care for Casualties, The Rifles own appeal that helps injured Riflemen and the families of the fallen.
Following only two days of rehearsals a dozen ACF adult volunteers and 60 cadets took to the stage for the ‘Swift & Bold’ event hosted by ex war correspondent and ITV newsreader Alastair Stewart OBE. The two hour programme of exceptionally high quality music detailed the origins and history of today's current Regiment. Despite the pressure of performing in front of members of the Royal Family and such a vast audience, all of the ACF members played brilliantly.
Among the 4,000 people that packed the auditorium was The Rifles’ Colonel-in-Chief, His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, who was accompanied by General Sir Nick Parker KCB CBE ADC, Colonel Commandant The Rifles and Commander Land Forces. Five other Rifles' Royal Colonels were also present to show their support.
Other special guests included The Rifles’ own Fijian Choir, the Pipes of the 1st Battalion The Royal Ghurkha Rifles, folk violinist Alastair Caplin, Mezzo Soprano Charlotte Collier and Wynne Evans the welsh chart-topping classical tenor of Go Compare. Bringing the evening to a close was a spectacular finale featuring a deafening crescendo from 80 Buglers playing the Regimental Quick March of the Rifles, 'Mechanised Infantry', with fireworks and streamers cascading down from the high ceilings.
Speaking after the event Somerset ACF Commandant, Colonel Paul Richardson, said 'I am thrilled to have been at the Albert Hall to see the ACF Bands perform in this superb venue, they were true professionals and did amazingly well tonight. The concert has been an enormous success and hopefully the Care for Casualties charity will benefit hugely from it.'
'Swift & Bold' images taken by SSI Peter Russell LBIPP can be viewed at the following links: