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West End Heroes Dominion Theatre

On Sunday 28th September the West End Heroes Charity Gala Performance returned to the Dominion Theatre in London, following last year’s success.

Placed on a Sunday, the traditional ‘day off’ in the West End, West End Heroes brings together in their own time, the Stars of Musical Theatre in the West End in a one-off show in aid of Help for Heroes. The show also incorporated fantastic performances from The Central Band of The Royal Air Force, HM Royal Marines Drum and Bugle Corps, The Queen’s Colour Squadron and the Fanfare Team of the Band of The Queen’s Division.

On this occasion, the Fanfare Team was also supported by Sergeant Martin Hinton from The Band of the Corps of Royal Engineers and Corporal Steve Histon from The Band of the Parachute Regiment both of whose experience was invaluable.  To open the show, the team performed  Gordon Jacob’s arrangement of the National Anthem and were also required to appear at the end of both Halves - including a spot in an arrangement of Can You Hear The People Sing from the show Les Miserables. 

Various acts from the shows performed hits from Miss Saigon and Evita among others this year. One particular performance which amazed everyone was On My Own, again from Les Miserables and sung by Carrie Hope.

Meeting Marti Pellow, formally of Wet Wet Wet fame who sang I Won’t Send roses from the new Dominion Theatre production of Evita was a also a highlight as was meeting Michael Ball who hosted the evening and sang the famous, Empty Chairs And Empty Tables.

The evening was a tremendous success, raising significant funds for the Charity. The band thoroughly enjoyed playing to a sold-out theatre in London’s famous West End in such illustrious company and it was a day that will be remembered for a long time to come.

Musician Edward Jolley

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