Horsham bands join forces for First World War commemoration

The band SUS-141208-163658001
The band SUS-141208-163658001

On Monday August 4, history was made when for the first time in their existence, both the Horsham town Bands came together to commemorate the Centenary of the outbreak of WW1.

Horsham Borough Band, and the Horsham Town Band, now known as the Sussex Band of The Royal British Legion (Horsham), were joined by friends from Adur Concert Band, Chichester City Band, and the Crawley Millennium Band, to bring a wide selection of music, from WW1 songs to more recent works, to a very appreciative audience, who included Councillor Brian O’Connell, Chairman of Horsham District Council, and Mrs. Dianne Loates, President of the Horsham Branch (RBL).

Clive Longhurst, Bandmaster of the Horsham-based RBL Band, and organiser of the concert, is very grateful to all who helped make the event a success.

Jeremy Knight (Horsham Museum), Rob Boole (Drill Hall), and especially a very talented Thomas Holder, who sang two songs. ‘Birdsong’, by Brighton resident, Greg Harper, and the famous poem by Lt. Colonel John McCrae, ‘In Flanders Fields’, put to music by Thomas. And, of course, many thanks to all the musicians who took part.

It is hoped a similar concert will take place on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014, venue to be announced as soon as possible.

Pictured above is Thomas Holder and the band.

Report and pictures contributed by Clive Longhurst (Bandmaster), Sussex Band of The Royal British Legion (Horsham).