Cadet bands to play at Royal Albert Hall

1 October 2012

Somerset ACF’s Silver Bugles and the Band and Bugles of Durham ACF have been selected to play at one of the UK’s most prestigious venues when the Massed Bands and Bugles of The Rifles come together at The Royal Albert Hall on October 18 to celebrate 200 years of the Regiment’s history and achievements.

The cadets will be playing with some of the most experienced musicians in the British Army and to an audience of around 5,000 people. The event is being held in support of Care for Casualties, The Rifles’ Appeal that helps the wounded, their families and the families of the fallen.

“We’ve had a great year already,” said Silver Bugles’ Cadet Christopher Payne, 15, from Weston-Super-Mare. “We’ve played for Her Majesty The Queen when she visited Yeovil as part of her Jubilee Tour. I have to admit to being a bit daunted at the prospect of such a high-profile event, but I know it’s going to be an amazing experience.”

Cadet Jessica Bassett (pictured), 16, is a Bugler with the Band and Bugles of Durham ACF and is also excited at the prospect: “It’s been a brilliant year so far, travelling to Belgium to support a parade at the Menin Gate, but I think there will be an amazing atmosphere at the Albert Hall and it will be great to meet different performers from other places. I’m sure it will be an experience I will remember forever.”

Also appearing with the Massed Bands and Bugles of The Rifles will be the world-famous tenor, Wynne Evans (also known as Gio Compario), The Fijian Choir and the Pipes of the Brigade of Gurkhas. The evening will be hosted by ex-war correspondent and ITV news presenter Alastair Stewart.

Tickets to Swift & Bold at the Albert Hall range in price from £15 to £65 and can be bought from the Albert Hall Box Office in 0845 401 5018 or at