SCOTLAND’S STATE BAND TO CONCLUDE HISTORIC TOUR IN INVERNESS

2nd October 2018 Laura Hayward

Scotland’s best-known military band is coming to the end of its first-ever national tour – and is set to perform in Inverness following a warm welcome today from the local Depute Provost.

The Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland has been performing at venues across the country as part of its “Walking with Heroes” centenary tour which is aiming to raise thousands of pounds for Armed Forces charity Poppyscotland.

Scotland’s State Band, as it is also known, will be performing at the stunning Inverness Cathedral on October 20th. Today, however, members of the Band joined Inverness Depute Provost Graham Ross and the Poppyscotland team to spread the word about the eagerly anticipated concert.

Depute Lord Provost Ross said: “It is an honour to welcome the Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland to Inverness and it is wonderful that the Cathedral has been chosen as one of the venues for the Band to play on its centenary tour. I would like to take this opportunity to wish them well in meeting their fundraising targets for the very deserving Armed Forces charity Poppyscotland.”

To accompany the centenary tour, there is also a CD – Walking with Heroes – which will commemorate 100 years since the end of The Great War, and honour those that served our nation so valiantly. The programme includes works by such iconic composers as Holst, Shostakovich, John Williams and Karl Jenkins alongside new compositions and arrangements. These include traditional Scottish fayre and feature a whole host of soloists; in particular the unmistakable skirl of the pipes!

Gordon Michie, Head of Fundraising, said: “It is a privilege for Poppyscotland to be in partnership with such a talented group of musicians. The tour is providing a great opportunity for music-lovers across the country to experience the unmistakable and memorable sound of Scotland’s State Band. We urge the public to get their hands on tickets for the performance in Inverness as soon as possible as this is the final leg of what has been a historic and special tour.”

As well as the tour itself, the Band has undertaken another fundraising effort in the form of The 1918 Poppy Pledge. Not only is this a lasting tribute to those who fell in the First World War, but, importantly, will also allow the Poppyscotland to make a step change in the scale of support it is able to provide those in the Armed Forces community who rely on the charity’s support today. For more information on The 1918 Poppy Pledge, please visit: www.poppyscotland.org.uk/poppypledge