The Christ’s Hospital Band takes part in ancient procession

CH Band at The Lord Mayor's Show. Picture by Nick Panagakis

CH Band at The Lord Mayor's Show. Picture by Nick Panagakis

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The Christ’s Hospital Band was once again invited to take part in this ancient pageant in the City of London on Saturday, 9 November.

City of London on Saturday, 9 November, reaffirming its historic connections with the capital.

CH Band at The Lord Mayor's Show. Picture by Nick Panagakis

CH Band at The Lord Mayor's Show. Picture by Nick Panagakis

Wearing their distinctive Tudor style uniform, the 120 young instrumentalists played magnificently as they marched three and a half miles in the pouring rain between Bank and Aldwych, cheered by a crowd of around half a million people.

They were led by Terry Whittingham, Band Master, formerly Band Master of the Grenadier Guards and Queen’s Own Highlanders.

The Christ’s Hospital Band was first invited to be part of this famous procession in 1981 and so impressed the Lord Mayor that it has been invited to participate ever since. At least four Old Blues (former pupils) have been Lord Mayor of the City of London, most recently Sir Richard Nichols in 1997.

Freddy Wordsworth, trumpet player and Band Captain said: “We are normally last out, so the anticipation is pretty exciting.

CH Band at The Lord Mayor's Show. Picture by Nick Panagakis

CH Band at The Lord Mayor's Show. Picture by Nick Panagakis

“It’s also quite a test of endurance for the younger Band members, but everybody always really enjoys it!”

Despite being last out, the Band were picked up on BBC1’s commentary as they played their signature piece ‘Sussex by the Sea’!

Founded 461 years ago in the City of London, Christ’s Hospital was established through the generosity of Sir Richard Dobbs, the Lord Mayor of the day.

Today, the Lord Mayor of the City of London is Vice President of Christ’s Hospital.