For Lieutenant Colonel Wayne Hopla, this year’s performances are even more special because it is his first Beating Retreat as the senior director of music. When discussing how he decided the running order of the show to fit the theme, Lieutenant Colonel Hopla said:
We are starting with ‘O Fortuna’, the theme for ‘The X Factor’ [television show], which is a piece of music designed to put people on the edge of their seats. We will also have a 140-piece choir joining us for that. The idea is to create a sense of conflict and war throughout to commemorate the anniversaries this year.
By welcoming these guest bands and with His Excellency Bernard Emié, the French Ambassador to the UK, taking the salute on 11 June, the traditional links between Britain and France remain strong. Prince William will be the salute-taker on the evening of 12 June.
In the grand finale, the parade square will be lit up with fireworks and the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will perform their musical drive, with teams of 6 immaculately-groomed horses drawing First World War-era guns in fast-paced, choreographed manoeuvres.
Tickets for Beating Retreat 2014
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