Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

The Black Watch is Joined by the Band of the Welsh Guards for an Evening of Pageantry in Their Debut Performance at the Kimmel Center
December 8, 2005

The performance will feature 90 performers, including the pipes, drums and Highland Dancers of 1st Battalion

The traditional sounds of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland are coming to Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center when The Black Watch, joined by the Band of the Welsh Guards, will perform in Verizon Hall on Sunday, January 15th, 2006 at 3 pm. Performing celebrated songs such as Black Bear, The Irish Washerwoman, Auld Lang Syne and Amazing Grace, the large ensemble will feature bagpipes, traditional military marches, drum solos and Celtic dancing.

This is the 13th performance in the 2005/06 Sovereign Bank World Pop Mix Series. The series will continue with performances such as: Paco Pena Flamenco Ensemble on Sunday, January 29, at 3pm; Sylvia McNair’s Valentine’s Day Special on Tuesday, February 14, at 8:30pm; Ladysmith Black Mambazo on Sunday, February 19, at 3pm; and Mavis Staples and Taj Mahal on Saturday, March 11, at 8pm.

Tickets for The Black Watch are priced at $67, $57, $47 and $33. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online Kimmel Center box office, open daily from 10am to 6pm and later on performance evenings (additional fees may apply). For group sales call 215-893-5883.

As early as 1745, The Black Watch has distinguished itself with patriotic dedication and grand harmonic melodies. Serving all over the world, including the Napoleonic Wars and the World Wars, the group remains a fully operational Battalion in the modern British Army. Keeping up with tradition, The Black Watch is a family regiment. Many of the members of the pipes and drums have relatives who have served as far back as the late 1700’s.

Considered the “visible identity” of The Black Watch, the Pipe Band is the most recognized part of the regiment. Many men serve not only in pipes and drums but also with infantry, paying tribute and making their country proud. Known as Scotland’s finest, the Black Watch also include the regimental dance team, drawn from the Pipe Band. All together on one stage, The Black Watch brings to life the honorary folklore and rich traditions of Scotland.

Since its formation in 1915, the Band of the Welsh Guards has toured extensively and brought the pomp and pageantry of the British way of life to many far-flung corners of the world. In recent years it has visited Spain, Australia, Belgium, Egypt, the USA and Canada. The musicians are drawn from various backgrounds such as colleges and music schools, other bands and orchestras. Permanently based in London, members of the band enjoy a varied and challenging musical career. They can regularly be seen at the ceremony of Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace and taking part in many other State and Commercial occasions. The band also performs frequently with the Royal Philharmonic and Hallé Orchestras in some of the most spectacular extravaganzas staged in Great Britain. Appearances on BBC TV “Songs of Praise” and at prestigious sporting events like the FA Cup Final, Royal Ascot and The Lawn Tennis Championships, have brought the band’s music to widespread audiences. The band has shared the stage with well-known celebrities, including Sir Cliff Richard, Russell Watson, Katherine Jenkins and Bryn Terfel, demonstrating its versatility.

Tickets for The Black Watch are priced at $67, $57, $47 and $33. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online Kimmel Center box office, open daily from 10am to 6pm and later on performance evenings (additional fees may apply). For group sales call 215-893-5883.

KIMMEL CENTER PRESENTS
Sovereign Band World Pop Mix Series
Sunday, January 15, 2006 3pm
Verizon Hall

The Black Watch

The Pipes, Drums and Highland Dancers of 1st Battalion and the Band of the Welsh Guards

1. OPENING MUSTER

The Band of the Welsh Guards March On:
Rising of the Lark Kappey

The Pipes, Drums and Highland Dancers 1st Batallion The Black Watch March On:
Wha Saw the 42nd Trad Arr Taylor

2. NATIONAL ANTHEMS

3. MARCH OFF THE PIPES AND DRUMS
Blue bells of Scotland Trad Arr Cresswell

4. FANFARE
Britain’s Best Cresswell

5. THE HIGHLAND FLING

The Pipes, Drums and Highland Dancers 1st Battalion The Black Watch:
The Black Watch at al Basrah Taylor
The Marquis of Huntley (Strathspey) Trad
O’er the Bows to Ballindalloch (Strathspey) Trad
Salute to the Lowland Cotter (Quick March) Taylor

6. THE MUSIC OF THE VALLEYS

The Band of the Welsh Guards:

A Gallant Knight Cresswell
Men of Harlech Trad
My Strength and Shield Cresswell
Welsh Welcome Pendleton

7. THE HEATHER MIXTURE

The Pipes, Drums and Highland Dancers 1st Battalion The Black Watch:

Cullen Bay (Quick March) Duncan
The Jolly Beggar-man (Horn Pipe) Maclellan
Circassian Circle (Reel) Trad arr Taylor
Mist Covered Mountains (Slow March) Trad arr Taylor
The Braes O’Marr (Strathspey) Trad arr Taylor
Cutting Bracken (Strathspey) Trad arr Taylor
Cutting Bracken (Jig) Trad arr Taylor
Cutty Sark (Jig) Trad arr Taylor
The Jiggernaught (Jig) Mathieson

8. IRELAND’S EMERALDS

The Band of the Welsh Guards:

Killaloe Arr Cresswell
Endearing Young Charms/When Irish Eyes Arr Cresswell
Paddies March Arr Cresswell

9. PIPE AND BAND FEATURE

St Patrick’s Day/Dear Old Donnegal Arr Cresswell
Carlingford Loch Cresswell

10. MARCH OFF

Wooden Heart Arr Cresswell

INTERMISSION

11. THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF SCOTLAND

The Pipes, Drums and Highland Dancers 1st Battalion The Black Watch:

The Soldier’s Return Trad arr Taylor
Granny Duncan Trad arr Taylor
Sae Will Ye Yet Trad arr Taylor
Miss Girdle Trad arr Taylor
Erchless Castle Trad arr Taylor
Johnny Cope Trad arr Taylor
Pogo’s Call Alexander
The Red Hackle Taylor
Miss Ada Crawford Trad arr Taylor
Aspen Bank Trad arr Taylor
Ghillie Callum Trad arr Taylor
Thomo’s Salute Taylor
WO1 RSM Bruce Taylor

12. ENGLAND’S ROSES

The Band of the Welsh Guards:

Pastime with Good Company Arr Cresswell
Post Horn Gallop Koenig
Tipsy Trombones Arr Cresswell
Pomp & Circumstance Number One Arr Cresswell
Jerusalem Arr Cresswell

13. COMBINED OPERATIONS

The Band of the Welsh Guards:
Heroes of the Flag Bidgood

All
Marine Corps Hymn/Caissons Song Arr Cresswell
Ticonderoga Arr Taylor/Cresswell

14. GRAND FINALE

Ode to joy Arr Cresswell
Amazing grace Trad Arr Cresswell
Abide with Me/Last Post/Taps Arr Cresswell

15. FINAL MUSTER AND MARCH OFF

Will Ye No’ Come Back Again
We’re No Awa’ To Bide Awa’ Arr Cresswell
Lynnairn Taylor arr Johnson
Scotland the Brave / Black Bear Arr Cresswell
Hielan Laddie Arr Cresswell

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