Christ’s Hospital band at Lord’s

Christ's Hospital Band in the distinctive Tudor style uniform on the pitch at Lord's. Photo by Matt Bright
Christ's Hospital Band in the distinctive Tudor style uniform on the pitch at Lord's. Photo by Matt Bright

The marching band from Christ’s Hospital School proved their professionalism when they performed at Lord’s.

The 120 strong band performed in the home of cricket on Saturday May 19 during the 1st Test West Indies v England match lunchtime interval.

Rachel Hobley, CH pupil assistant band captain, said: “Tensions were running high for this year’s Lord’s engagement as the copious amounts of rain received during band practices curtailed our preparation. 

“The excitement of playing in in the middle of the home of cricket, where many cricketing legends have trodden before, also added to the buzz of playing in front of around 28,000 people.”

Terry Whittingham, band maste, said: “Lord’s is a very prestigious engagement for the Band and we were honoured and delighted to be invited back.” 

This triumph comes after the school’s reunion day when over 400 former pupils and their guests returned to Christ’s Hospital School for a fundraising march on Saturday April 28.

The ‘march-a-thon’, involving a group of pupils marching around the campus, raised over £800 for Teenage Cancer Trust.

Charlie Thomson, a pupil aged 17, said: “We organised the march-a-thon to raise money for two worthy causes; Grecians’ Gift, a present from the leaving sixth formers back to Christ’s Hospital. 

The school’s Old Blues Special Recognition Awards were also launched at the reunion to acknowledge alumni who have made an important contribution to the profile of the School through voluntary or charitable work.

The School has historic links with the MCC through former pupils, including; Lt Col John R Stephenson, secretary of the MCC 1987 – 93, Dennis Silk, president 92-94, chairman of TCCB 94-96 and cricketer John Snow.

Read the review of the www.express.co.uk of the Band’s “wonderful display”.

Contributed by Christ’s Hospital School