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Band of the Coldstream Guards Northern Tour | Durham Freemasons

A concert with the Band of the Coldstream Guards at the Dolphin Centre, Darlington, Friday 30 th September 2022.

At the end of September, the world-renowned Band of the Coldstream Guards will be visiting County Durham, with engagements in Durham and Darlington. During their visit they will engage with up to 1500 County Durham school children in free aspirational workshops to build their musical skills, increase their self-esteem, and appreciation of music. Many of these young musicians will also have a unique opportunity to play with the Band of the Coldstream Guards at a special commemorative concert in the Dolphin Centre, Darlington, on Friday 30 th September.

For the young people taking part, this project will provide a once in a lifetime opportunity to perform with an iconic military band. The musical workshops will be designed to present positive musical challenges and encourage young people to step out of their comfort zone, promote musical growth, and build confidence.

The Band of the Coldstream Guards is one of the oldest and best-known military bands in the world. During its long and distinguished existence, the Band has achieved a worldwide reputation for excellence. The Band of the Coldstream Guards leads the way in producing and performing the absolute best military music, and their work delights music fans of all ages around the globe.

The concert will also include performances from local musicians, including the Pipes and Drums of 102 Battalion REME, the Ravenswood Singers, and the Cardinal Hume School Choir. The concert has been generously supported by the Province of Durham Freemasons.

John Thompson, the Head of the Freemasons in Durham, said “The Freemasons have members from all walks of life, with many having a military connection, so when the opportunity came to support the Band of the Coldstream Guards as they tour the region, working with over 1500 children in local schools, we just had to get involved.”

The concert will celebrate the life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and will present a rare opportunity for residents of County Durham to experience a live performance of a high-calibre military band. The concert will also raise funds for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the national charity of the British Army.

Lieutenant Colonel Barney Barnbrook, Regional Director for The Soldiers’ Charity, said “The Charity is proud to be part of this poignant and moving concert, celebrating the life and service of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and extremely grateful to the Lord Lieutenant, and to the Province of Durham Freemasons, for their support to this event.”

Tickets for the concert are available for £10.00 per person online at or via the QR code below.

Click here for  Dolphin Centre Concert Flyer

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