Tour to Ypres


Playing at the Field Day Festival

Farnborough Concert Band of the Royal British Legion perform and entertain audiences raising money for the annual poppy appeal and other good causes.

The band will have the honour of representing the Royal British Legion at the ceremony of remembrance which takes place at the Menin Gate in Ypres at 8pm each day. A wreath will be laid following the sounding of the Last Post and the band will then play for the large crowds that gather to remember the fallen of World War 1. It will be a real privilege for the band to play at this memorial which remembers 54,896 of the soldiers who lost their lives in the 1914-1918 war whose names are on the Menin Gate and who have no known grave.

The band is made up of 45+ musicians, both ex military musicians and people who love to play and perform together. Our members range in age from 18 to 80 and play wind, brass and percussion instruments.

The band rehearses in Frimley and play many engagements throughout the year from traditional band stand performances, concerts and various remembrance events throughout the local area. The annual proms concert held at Princes Hall in Aldershot has raised nearly £100,000 over recent years for the Royal British Legion and other charities.

Remembrance Sunday sees the band playing at the war memorial in Fleet. This year will be a particularly moving service marking 100 years since the end of World War 1.

The band is entirely self funded and receives no financial support from the Royal British Legion with our musicians giving their services freely.

Fundraising for this educational and inspirational visit in May 2019 will ensure that all musicians will be able to participate.