Southwark Cathedral, London
Thursday 16th 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 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, which are held in Ypres Cathedral. The concerts reflect upon the tragedy that is war and remember more than 54,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Ypres salient of World War 1 and whose names are inscribed on the Menin Gate.
Accompanied by buglers from the Last Post Association, The Royal Ypriana Wind Band is honoured to celebrate its centenary by travelling to the United Kingdom. In the beautiful setting of Southwark Cathedral,
it is privileged to be joined by musicians from the Central Band of The Royal British Legion.