The Royal Military Chapel (Guards' Chapel), London
Friday 17th April 2020 - 7.30pm
During 1920 amongst the ruins of a devastated city of Ypres, people gradually started rebuilding their homes and their lives. Musicians that had earlier been part of several ensembles joined forces and decided to establish a new music society, named YPRIANA. The band has played a major role in the city's cultural and musical life ever since. It was granted the title “Royal” in 1960.
Exactly 100 years after its formation, the Royal Ypriana Wind Band is still a musical ambassador for the city of Ypres performing at the highest musical level in concerts and international competitions, while also contributing to the many acts of commemoration.
Each year on Armistice Day the Last Post Association, Ypriana and local choirs join forces to perform “The Great War Remembered” concerts, held in Ypres' St Martin's Cathedral - which rose from the ashes of destruction during the First World War. The cathedral was entirely rebuilt from the original plans between 1922-1930.
Also risen from ashes, the Guards’ Chapel is spiritual home of the Household Division in their Ceremonial and Combat roles; and the only Royal Military Chapel in London. It too was almost totally destroyed - by a flying boom in the Second World War. A second poignant reminder of the futility of war.
Accompanied by buglers from the Last Post Association, The Royal Ypriana Wind Band is honoured to celebrate its centenary in the historic setting of Guards’ Chapel, where it will be joined by some of the finest musicians from the Household Division.