Imperial Youth Orchestra from Great Britain performed in the Red Square

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From August 24 to September 2, Moscow hosted the International Military Music Festival “Spasskaya Tower”. For ten days, military musical bands from Russia, the UK, Monaco, the Netherlands, Oman, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Myanmar, as well as the international Celtic band of bagpipes and drums and the international Irish dance collective performed in the Red Square. Each orchestra presented an original programme of performances.

The Brentwood Imperial Youth Band is one of the most successful youth marching bands in the UK. The orchestra took part in the festival "Spasskaya Tower" for the second time. "We are happy to return to Russia and to perform again at one of the world's largest Military Tattoo - the Spasskaya Tower Festival! For the first time our orchestra took part in the military music festival in the Red Square back in 2015. Children have really enjoyed this trip, it left a lot of pleasant memories," said the conductor of the orchestra Johnpaul Wyndham.

On the eve of the trip, the orchestra got acquainted with the representative of Rossotrudnichestvo in the UK A. Chesnokov, and also performed at the Russian Embassy in London at the invitation of the Russian Ambassador A. Yakovenko. The musicians performed several British and Russian pieces.

The Brentwood Imperial Youth Band was created by Knight of the Order of the British Empire John Wyndham in 1990 in Brentwood, south-east of London. In 2013, after John retired, his son Johnpaul Wyndham became the conductor of the band.

The main goal pursued by Wyndham Senior when creating the band was to give children the opportunity to develop their musical talents. Now the orchestra has more than 70 musicians, the youngest of whom is only 8 years old. The band is very popular and is one of the most successful youth marching bands in the UK.