Military and patriotic hits raise the roof at historic chapel concert

Capacity crowds braved torrential rain to join Hampshire County Council’s Music Service at two reopening concerts for the Royal Victoria Country Park’s Chapel - the first public performances held at the venue since its £3.5 million renovation was completed by Hampshire County Council earlier this year

Nov 16 2018

The Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Roy Perry, said: “It has been an absolute honour to attend the first concert in this delightful refurbished venue, which is brimming with history but also beautifully adapted for hosting public events like this.”

The history of the chapel was celebrated with uplifting and rousing music and song, as well as poignant pieces, from the time of the Boer War (Victorian era) through to the 1960s. The concert programme was performed by ensembles from the Hampshire Music Hub and the Music Service’s staff jazz band, formed especially for the occasion.

Councillor Perry continued: “This opening concert, showcasing the talents of Hampshire’s young performers, has been the perfect way to launch the Chapel as a performance space. It was great to see our own performers joined by the Corps of Drums, who almost stole the show with their synchronised stick work. A truly memorable event for which I would like to congratulate all involved - the performers, the County Council staff who put the event together and the volunteers who made sure everything ran smoothly. I would encourage anyone who is interested to come and see the Chapel for themselves.”

The enthusiastic crowd of all ages enjoyed a Glenn Miller medley and spontaneously waved flags as the concert reached its emotional finale of Land of Hope and Glory.

More than 100 young musicians from across the county performed in the concert, including the 40-strong Romsey Youth Children’s Choir, the Gosport and Fareham Concert Band, and the Corps of Drums of the 14th Eastleigh Scout and Guide Band (The Spitfires).