Today’s concert in Alexandra Gardens was a great success. On a sunny late summer Sunday, local bands and choirs gave a free afternoon concert which was enjoyed by an audience of more than a thousand people.
Windsor Boys School Swing Band performed in the early afternoon and then at 2.30pm the band of the Household Cavalry took to the stage. Starting with the National Anthem, just as their forebears did 113 years ago when the Gardens were first opened to the public, they then performed a series of tunes, perfectly pitched for a bandstand setting.
They crowds grew as the Town Crier thanked them and introduced the second act, the Windsor Military Wives Choir. made up of wives of the Household Cavalry and the Coldstream Guards they performed five songs, finishing with a show stopping ‘rhythm of life’.
The boys and girls of Langley Hall Primary Academy won the audiences hearts, playing together with members of the Household Cavalry on a piece specially written and arranged for these very young musicians.
The Mayor Cllr Eileen Quick gave a short speech of thanks to the audience who were seated on chairs or lounging on blankets in the sunshine.
Next on to the Bandstand were Voci, a choir who played with some wonderfully complex close harmony arrangements of familiar tunes.
Maidenhead Operatic Society performed a series of light opera tunes that had many in the audience singing along, which was just as well as the Town Crier then announced the return of the Band of the Household Cavalry with an invitation to the audience to join in with the band and the choirs as they played a medley of First World War songs.
The whole event finished with a rousing rendition of “Land of Hope and Glory” and hundreds of Union flags being waved by both choirs and audience.
There have been some mutterings in the local press and on the web about the cost of the Bandstand, but today’s opening concert has been an undeniable success that brought a lot of happiness to a large appreciative crowd. We look forward to enjoying many more for years to come.