Based in Brecon, Wales, with its roots firmly embedded within the former Lucknow and Clive Bands of The Prince of Wales’s Division, The Band of The Prince of Wales has been in existence since 2017.
The instrumentation of this band is focused on the brass family and provides a range of small specialist ensembles to events such as church services, concerts, military dinners and Fanfares across Wales and the United Kingdom. The band is well-travelled, having performed in Germany, Cyprus, Dubai, Kuwait, Sudan, Falkland Islands and at the FA Cup Final in Wembley Stadium.
Men of Harlech – Traditional arr. McKenzie
Popularised by its use in the film, Zulu, there is perhaps no more stirring sound to someone from Wales than that of a male voice choir singing Men of Harlech. Brecon, where the Band of the Prince of Wales is based, was home to the 24th Regiment – South Wales Borderers. Their regimental colours, some rescued at that battle, are hung in Brecon Cathedral making this arrangement by Jock McKenzie a very popular addition to the band’s local concerts.
Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral, from Lohengrin – Richard Wagner arr. Shepherd
The Bridal Chorus from Act III of Richard Wagner’s opera ‘Lohengrin’, is one of the most instantly recognisable melodies in the world – better known as ‘Here Comes the Bride’. This arrangement, by Ian Shepherd, captures the end of Act II when Elsa makes her way to be married to her knight in shining armour – whom we later discover is Lohengrin.
David of the White Rock – Traditional arr. Sparke
Alongside Men of Harlech, the haunting melody of David of the White Rock is performed each year by the Massed Bands of the Household Division at the National Service of Remembrance. The song, in its original setting, was the first Welsh language song to be played on air during the BBC’s first broadcast from Cardiff in 1923.