Bands from the Sea, Army, and RAF Air Cadets performed in front of the Lord Mayor of London and senior officers from the Armed Forces at the Guildhall on Saturday 9 September to compete for the Lord Mayor’s Cadet Music trophy.
Joining the Lord Mayor on the judging panel were representatives from the Worshipful Company of Musicians, Major General Ben Bathurst, General Officer Commanding London District, Air Vice-Marshall Warren James, Air Officer Commanding 22 Training Wing and WO1 Simon Tripp RM, Corps Bandmaster and Musician Special Advisor, Royal Marines Band Service..
Heats for the competition were held across London within each Service of the cadet forces to choose representatives for the Guildhall finale showcasing weeks of practice and hard work. The winning team from the RAF Air Cadets were awarded the Lord Mayor’s Cadet Music competition trophy, and now hold the title “Lord Mayor’s cadet band /corps” for the year also having the opportunity to play at an event in the Guildhall.
All the bands performed ‘the great escape” and another tune of their choice followed by the Last Post and another bugle tune of their choice.
The standard of buglers was so good that the Lord Mayor decided to give out an additional award to Lydia Mayne of the Sea Cadet Corps for her solo.
The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Dr. Andrew Palmley, himself a keen musician, commended all of the band members for their turnout and musical ability, he said:
“This is the first ever Lord Mayor’s band competition, it was fantastic to see the cadets and remind ourselves how powerful music is combining education and rigour, much like the military".
“The cadets played with conviction and accuracy, they are a credit to themselves and the cadet services. I’d like to congratulate everyone who took part today especially Captain Peter Oweh for bringing this competition to life”.
Flight Lieutenant Steph Godwin is the Band Officer for the Air Cadets London Region; she was delighted with her team’s success and said:
“I am so incredibly proud of all my cadets, the standard here today was really high. It’s the first time the teams have competed in a head-to-head as we normally play alongside each other at the Lord Mayor’s show. Well done to everyone involved, the event was a great success”.
Cadet Warrant Officer Abigail Mackenzie and Cadet Sergeant Freddie Toms collected the trophy on behalf of their team and gave a joint speech of thanks and acceptance:
“We’d like to congratulate both the Army and Sea Cadets for their high standards of musicianship; it has been a great pleasure to play at a venue as grand as the Guildhall.
“None of us would be here today without the support and tireless effort of Flight Lieutenant Godwin and her team”.
They even joked that their band had a vacancy for a cymbal player and that the Lord Mayor would be a welcome addition to the team.