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Christs Hospital Band
The Christ’s Hospital Band return to Horsham for the first time in over 15 years between 11:30am and 12:30pm.
They will parade and play from the Bishopric Stream, up West Street and around Carfax with a temporary road closure in place, before pausing opposite the bandstand to perform a short programme of music. They will then return the same way.
(Carfax has a temporary road closure in place for the duration of the parade and parking will be restricted in the bandstand area of Carfax beforehand to prevent incidents.)
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Following the Band’s departure, the Christ’s Hospital Dixieland jazz band will play for approx 40 mins on the bandstand bringing the performances to a close by about 1.30pm.
Over 100 young musicians make up the famous Christ’s Hospital school band which gathers six days a week with its oboes, piccolos, tubas, drums and much more to march all 900 pupils into lunch, through the school’s vast quad, this is a unique and spectacular tradition at Christ’s Hospital.
The band’s origin dates back to 1868 when some of the pupils requested that instruments be purchased to enliven their marching drill. The Treasurer of Christ’s Hospital agreed and, with money from his own pocket, purchased a few instruments and paid the salary of the first Band Master. Over the years, the Band has grown from a small static group to a dynamic and highly-trained group of musicians. The credentials of the School’s bandmaster, Terry Whittingham, who used to work with the Grenadier Guards and Queen’s Own Highlanders, hint at the pupils’ abundance of musical talent.
Today, the Band has an impressive record of engagements. It accompanies the School on its annual parade through the City of London on St Matthew’s Day and performs at Lord’s and Twickenham (RFU) where it entertains the crowds. The Band also takes part in the Lord Mayor’s Show each autumn and rounds off the academic year with an hour-long display of marching and counter-marching as a tribute to those who are leaving.