Track Listing & Playing Time
1. Shining Sword Rob Wiffin Studio Music 1.42
2. Intrada Justin Matthews Manuscript 1.31
3. Bravura Charles E. Duble The John Church Company 3.04
4. Rule Britannia Schindelmeisser Hawkes & Son (1904) 4.30
5. Dark Lochnagar Nigel Hess Faber Music 5.10
6. Here’s A Health Trad. arr. Rob Wiffin Studio Music 3.19
7. Dartmoor 1912 John Williams arr. Jay Bocook Hal Leonard Corporation 6.14
8. Godspeed Stephen Melillo Stormworks 6.01
9. Alladale from Hymn of the Highlands Philip Sparke Anglo Music 4.14
10. Dance Movement II Molto Vivo Philip Sparke Studio Music 5.21
11. Dance Movement III Lento Philip Sparke Studio Music 4.49
12. Variations on Laudate Dominum Edward Gregson arr. Wiffin
13. Fanfare for a Royal Wedding Justin Matthews Manuscript 0.43
14. La Rejouissance Handel arr. Terry E. Kenny Manuscript 2.20
15. The Life Guards/Blues and Royals arr. Edward W. Jeanes Boosey and Hawkes 2.13
16. Preobrajensky March/Aida Donajowsky arr. Dunn/Tomlinson Boosey and Hawkes/Manuscript 2.23
17. Money Musk/The Keel Row/Anon Traditional Manuscript 2.06
18. Esprit de Corps Gregory Machin Safe Music 0.34
19. Evening Hymn & Cavalry Last Post Justin Matthews Manuscript 1.46
20. National Anthem Gordon Jacob Manuscript 1.11
Total Playing Time: 75.09
The History of the Band
The Band of the Household Cavalry was formed in September 2014 by the union of The Band of The Life Guards with The Band of The Blues and Royals, the two mounted bands of the British Army. With over sixty musicians, the band is now the largest regular military band in the UK.
The history of The Life Guards began in 1659 at the court of the exiled King Charles II in Holland when a number of royalist gentlemen led by Lord Gerrard of Brandon formed themselves into the King’s Life Guard. From the outset, music held an important role in regimental life – it is recorded that as early as 1660 the regiment was preceded by its own mounted kettledrummer and four trumpeters. By 1822 the regiment had a band of twenty including nine trumpeters, hautbois (oboes) and French horns. In 1831 King William IV presented both the 1st and 2nd Life Guards with a pair of silver kettledrums which are still in use today and
form an iconic part of the Queen's Birthday Parade.
The Royal Horse Guards (Blues) formed in 1661 from members of the disbanded cavalry of Cromwell’s New Model Army and became known as ‘The Oxford Blues’, in reference to their first Colonel, the Earl of Oxford, and to their blue tunics. From its formation, the regiment had kettle drummers and trumpeters, as did the Royal Dragoons (1st Dragoons) who were also raised in 1661 as The Tangier Horse to guard the North African town gifted to the Crown.
By 1702 The Tangier Horse had changed to a Dragoon Regiment and had a band comprising eight drummers and eight hautbois (oboes). In 1805 King George III personally presented a pair of solid-silver Kettledrums to the Royal Horse Guards as ‘testimony to their honourable and military conduct on all occasions’. These kettledrums continue to be used today and are carried by the Drum Horse on the Queen’s Birthday Parade. In 1969 the Royal Horse Guards (Blues) amalgamated with the 1st Royal Dragoons (The Royals) to become the Blues and Royals (RHG/D).
Whilst the musicians in the band are Corps of Army Music personnel, the State Trumpeters remain under the direct command of the Royal Household. Both Household Cavalry uniforms are worn on parade however, when Senior Royalty are present, the band wear the distinctive Gold Coats and blue jockey caps (State Dress). State Dress is the oldest continually worn uniform in the Army; purchased by The Lord Mayor of London for the restoration of King Charles II 1660.
The band is under the command and direction of Major Justin Matthews and performs by permission of Major General Benjamin J Bathurst CBE, General Officer Commanding London District.
The Household Cavalry Foundation
The Household Cavalry Foundation (HCF) was set up in January 2013 to care for the casualties, soldiers, veterans, heritage and horses of the Household Cavalry.
Famous worldwide for both outstanding ceremonial pageantry and gallantry on the battlefield, the same soldiers seen on parade on state occasions also risk their lives for our country on the front line.
All donations are used to support the Household Cavalry family welfare requirements.
This is important now our troops have returned from operations overseas. So our
thoughts turn to the future as we care for not only physical but longer term psychological injuries.
The aim of the charity is to bring together Regimental benevolent funds such as the Operational Casualties Fund (OCF), Household Cavalry Central Charitable Fund (HCCCF) and the Regimental Associations to operate as the Household Cavalry Foundation.
The Household Cavalry Foundation provides a single charitable focus for grants in the most effective efficient and legally appropriate way to meet its aims, ensuring coherence and clarity for both the internal Household Cavalry family and external public audiences.