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Celebrate Epic History at the Battle of Waterloo Concert
The Battle of Waterloo ended Napoleon's military career while establishing the United Kingdom as the top military power in Europe. It also heralded the start of the 100-year Pax Britannica. The bicentennial of the battle regarded as one of the most pivotal in world history is best celebrated at the Battle of Waterloo Concert.
The Battle of Waterloo 200th Anniversary Concert will be held at the Royal Albert Hall roughly two weeks ahead of the battle's actual anniversary date. Sir Tony Robinson will narrate a series of scenes and music. Those with Battle of Waterloo Concert tickets will enjoy performances by the world-class Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Goldsmiths Choral Union conducted by Gareth Hancock. Musical selections include Beethoven's "Fifth Symphony" and "Leonore Overture No. 3," along with "March Militaire" by Schubert. The symphony and choir will also perform Suppe's "Light Cavalry Overture," Handel's "See the Conq'ing Hero Comes," and "Wellington's Victory" by Beethoven. A traditional marching band is schedule to perform in full military dress while playing "Scotland the Brave," "La Marseillaise," and the "Coldstream Guards March."
The Battle of Waterloo began as a surprise attack by Napoleon and his army of 125,000. The Duke of Wellington was attending a celebration in his honour in nearby Brussels when word came of Napoleon's surprise movement, spurring the Duke and the men to action while awaiting the arrival of Prussian Field Marshal Gebhard von Blucher commanding the experienced Prussian army. The following 100 years would be known as the Pax Britannica, during which Europe and much of the world remained relatively peaceful.
The concert features the world-renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gareth Hancock, the Goldsmiths Choral Union, and a marching band in full military regalia. The concert features music from the era, including several selections written by Beethoven honouring the Duke of Wellington and the achievements of his men as well as the Prussia Army commanded by Blucher. Many of the musical scores celebrate particular actions by specific men at arms, such as the "Light cavalry Overture," "Scotland the Brave," and the "Coldstream Guards March."
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has become one of the world's most consistently outstanding orchestras since its post-World War II formation by Sir Thomas Beecham in 1946. The orchestra was featured at many festivals, but struggled to survive after Beecham died in 1961. The Arts Council rescued it by recommending public funding in the mid 1960s, and the orchestra remains a world-class group of performers.
Even older than the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Goldsmiths Choral Union was formed more than 75 years ago and has played at many of the UK's top venues and events. The orchestra has also made appearances at festivals and performances around the globe.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the most prolific recording acts in the United Kingdom, and has created popular recordings of classical and easy listening music, as well as film scores. From Bach, Brahms, and Beethoven to James Bond Themes and U2's musical, the orchestra has thrilled fans of all ages for many decades.
The Goldsmiths Choral Union has decades of recording experience and celebrates the works of the best British composers in many centuries, as well as some of Europe's musical masters, including Mahler, Mozart, and more.
Few musical acts can match the performance history and general excellence of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Goldsmiths Choral Union. With their participation, the Battle of Waterloo 200th Anniversary Concert is poised to be one of the greatest musical performances celebrating one of the most notorious victories in the UK's long and storied history.
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