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Festival of Military Music

An exceptional display of music from some of the military’s finest bands.

Visitors to Cardiff Bay on Saturday, May 4, will be treated to an exceptional display of music from some of the military’s finest bands – with the added attraction this year of the Red Devils Army Parachute Display Team jumping into Cardiff Bay.

The event is free and has been organised by 160th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Wales.

Activities

There will be numerous other activities throughout the day inside the Families Activities Village in the Roald Dahl Plass, beginning at 11am.

Fun activities for children including an inflatable mini-assault course, giant inflatable dartboard, night vision tents, climbing wall and other attractions. Youth musical performance on the Senedd steps.

Military display equipment. Opportunity to meet the Regimental Goat of 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh, Fusilier Shenkin IV, and Welsh mountain pony, Trooper Emrys Forlan Jones, of 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards, The Welsh Cavalry.

Performances

The musical performances will begin at midday with bands including:

  • The Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of The Royal Welsh
  • The Band of the Prince of Wales’s Division
  • The Band and Bugles of The Rifles
  • The Band of the Army Air Corps
  • The Bugles, Pipes and Drums of 2nd Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment.
  • Llandovery Male Voice Choir

The day will conclude with a Beating Retreat and Sunset Ceremony by massed bands in the Roald Dahl Plass outside the Wales Millennium Centre at 4pm, with a rousing performance of the 1812 Overture involving the 105mm light guns of 104 Regiment Royal Artillery to bring the day’s military involvement to a spectacular close.

Colonel Nick Lock OBE, Deputy Commander 160th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Wales, said: “This promises to be a fantastic occasion with so much on offer for families to come and enjoy.

Military music provides a great spectacle, particularly in such an iconic setting and demonstrates our pride in our regiments and Welsh musical heritage. Colonel Nick Lock OBE

“Our military musicians really are masters of their craft and put on a real show. In previous years when we have put this event on we have been lucky enough to see really high attendances in and around the Roald Dahl Plass.

“The inclusion of the Red Devils Army Parachute Display Team is a coup for us and adds that extra bit of dazzle to the day.

“It’s been a very busy first quarter of 2019 for 160 Brigade, with the deployment of nearly 1,000 troops under the command of the Army in Wales to Operation Toral 8 – the British Army’s support to the NATO mission in Afghanistan.

“In fact, 160 Brigade is currently the most operational of any in the British Army with wider commitments this year also running apace in the Balkans, Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia.

“The Festival of Military Music also plays an important part in securing our links with the Welsh Government and wider Welsh society, particularly in Cardiff, but we hope people will also be attracted from far and wide to this great occasion in Cardiff Bay.

“Military music provides a great spectacle, particularly in such an iconic setting and demonstrates our pride in our regiments and Welsh musical heritage.”