Every morning, visitors to London flock to the Horse Guards Parade to see the Changing of the Guard. This is just one view of the Queen's Household Division, which is made up of seven British Army regiments serving Queen Elizabeth II. For a different view, I recently went to a concert presented by members of The Household Cavalry Band along with musicians from the five regiments of Foot Guards (the Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish, and Welsh Guards) in the Household Division.
It was the first time I have seen an electric guitar accompanying a bagpipe on stage. and the combination was perfect when the band played "Coming Home", an arrangement by Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits fame. From classical to big band to rock to military music, the concert and the musicians were outstanding.
The distinguished military history of the Household Division was evident throughout the concert -- from the opening tribute to the Battle of the Somme with archive films to the appearance of two drummers and a Northumbrian bagpiper in the balcony wearing uniforms from the English Civil War period, which, although simpler, would look familiar to Three Musketeers fans.
There was even a magician -- Lance-Corporal Richard Jones, who serves with The Band of the Household Cavalry and won "Britain's Got Talent" in 2016.
The Household Division musicians also present a Christmas concert (15 December) and a winter concert series that includes a Burns Night Celebration featuring the Band of the Scots Guards (25 January), Valentines by Candlelight featuring the Countess of Wessex's String Orchestra (14 February), and a St. David's Day Concert featuring the Band of the Welsh Guards (9 March).