Mayor’s Remembrance Service 2023

On the evening of 9th November the Band took part once more in the annual Mayor’s Remembrance service to honour all those servicemen and women who died or were injured in the two world wars, and other conflicts around the world. As well as Aylesbury Concert Band music was provided by the Aylesbury Consort of Voices and the Church choir and organist. Like last year, Aylesbury Concert Band was conducted by Brendan Gudgeon.

The Band played Nimrod from Elgar’s Enigma Variations as the Mayoral party processed up the Church. The service, led by Revd. Mother Rainah Madzorera, consisted of readings and prayers interspersed by music and hymns. The Band played Hymn to the Fallen by John Williams and Amazing Grace arranged by William Himes, accompanied the singing of The National Anthem, and rounded off the service playing Irish Tune from County Derry by Percy Grainger.

The Aylesbury Consort of Voices sang Ave Verum Corpus by William Byrd, Abendlied by Josef Rheinberger, and Like as the Hart by Judith Weir. The church choir (conductor Kenton Brigden) led the hymn singing, and also sang For the Fallen by Malcolm Archer.

At the heart of the service a Scots piper (Neil Esslemont) processed up the church playing a lament. A lone piper is such a sorrowful sound on occasions like this.