The theme of this years event was a tribute to World War I, .The Castle of Good Hope played a pivotal role in the Union of South Africa’s contribution to World War I on many fronts..only fitting that it be the venue of this amazing production.
It was a non-stop 2 hours of exhilarating performances by various military bands. Trumpets, drums and Bagpipes echoed through the halls of the Castle courtyard as it was transformed into a stage of military precision.
The sound of gunfire and the blast of cannonfire are all in a days work for the people who protect and serve us on a daily basis. The likes of the SA Navy Band, SA Airforce Band, TS Woltemade Sea Cadets and the bagpipes of the Cape Town Highlanders all took us behind enemy lines through music and live action drills including a rescue scene acted out by the 3 Parachute Battalion Charlie Company.
International performers at this years event included The Pakistan Army Band and the angelic voice of Chloë Agnew, an Irish singer who was one of the original members – and the youngest – of the internationally acclaimed music group Celtic Woman since she was 14 years old.
I pray you’ll be our eyes
And watch us where we go
And help us to be wise
In times when we don’t know
Let this be our prayer
when we lose our way
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace
To a place where we’ll be safe…
Chloë sang The Prayer – a moving performance, my heart went out to those in France affected by the attacks last night and to all people around the World needing the power of prayer.
Die Nuwe Graskoue Trappers gave their rendition of the Traditional Riel Dance, recognised as the oldest dance form in South Africa…it was also a sort of courtship whereby the guy throws his hat on the floor, if a lady picks it up he knows he stands a chance.
Joey the War Horse also trotted throught the courtyard to the sounds of the different performances.
From the opening performance to the last I was mesmerized by the talent, it was a type of sensory overload and I am glad I got to experience it.
Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture performed by the combined military bands and the theme song to the TV series Band of Brothers, performed by Maruwan de Bruyn and Chloë Agnew ended off a perfect afternoon of music.
Thank you to all performers, organisers and Cape Town for hosting such an unforgettable event…pity I lost all the pictures on my phone (pictures above are from the programme), I guess I will be seeing you next year to experience it at night.