Royal Albert Hall 2018 Festival of RemembranceBack
Published on November 12th, 2018 | by Pete Ogburn
Royal Albert Hall 2018 Festival of Remembrance Harry from Plymouth, and Abi and Phoebe from North Yorkshire, represented MKC Heroes at the RBL Festival of Remembrance , in the Royal Albert Hall, London. Harry, Abi and Phoebe accompanied by Matt at the drum head. Letter from Phoebe. I was recently fortunate enough to be given [&hellip0
Royal Albert Hall 2018 Festival of Remembrance
Harry from Plymouth, and Abi and Phoebe from North Yorkshire, represented MKC Heroes at the RBL Festival of Remembrance , in the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Harry, Abi and Phoebe accompanied by Matt at the drum head.
Letter from Phoebe.
I was recently fortunate enough to be given a ticket to the Royal Festival of Remembrance, alongside another service pupil; which was held on 10th November in the Royal Albert Hall. The day started at 6am in order to travel by rail down to London, but once at the event all the time on the train seemed inconsequential. The festival itself was incredibly moving, with absolutely fantastic music provided by military bands and artists including Tom Jones. Perhaps my favourite was the cello solo of ‘Amazing Grace’, which coupled with the stark black and white projections of WW1 footage created a very emotive few minutes. Furthermore, every seat was left with a photograph of a fallen British soldier, which we were invited to hold up as part of the Act of Remembrance. To be surrounded on all sides, above and below, by a sea of such young faces was incredibly powerful, and a memory I will definitely continue to reflect upon.
As a service pupil myself, I felt a real sense of pride during the march on, as well as watching videos of all the fantastic work the Royal British Legion does. The iconic poppy drop that marks the end of the festival finished the event on a climax, and afterwards we were able to walk down into the stage to take photos in front of the drum alter and collect the petals.
Attending the Royal Festival is one of the most memorable things I have done, and it was a real honour and privilege to be given a ticket.
Letter from Abi.
My visit to the Royal Albert Hall was an absolutely amazing experience which I will never forget; witnessing the Festival of Remembrance in person was an honour and I enjoyed every moment of it. The afternoon was filled with so many inspiring and emotional stories. This included the audience remembrance moment in which everyone was given the opportunity to hold up a picture of a servicemen who had fallen during the war, as well as the reading of wartime letters by Michael Palin, Adrian Lester and Nina Wadia. Both of these were very powerful in depicting the extremity of war and allowed us the time to remember and respect all those who lived and worked during the war, both male and female – very moving.
In my opinion the most inspirational part of the ceremony was about the Headley Court Rehabilitation Centre. It was amazing to see how many people had benefitted from its services over the years and how their lives had been changed for the better as a result. After its relocation I am sure it will continue to support and help many others in years to come. Finally, coming from an RAF family, I particularly enjoyed the celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the RAF; this included superb performances by Sir Tom Jones and two members of The Central Band of the RAF. Seeing all it had achieved over the century was very interesting. Overall the whole festival was incredible and I am very honoured for the opportunity to have been a part of it representing MKC Heroes.