On Saturday 1st February 2020 the Farnborough Masonic Centre hosted a free concert by the Concert Band of the Royal British Legion. The event was a roaring success and was attended by over 100 guests and several VIP’s, including:
- The Deputy Mayor of Rushmoor Borough Council, Cllr. Frank Rust
- The Deputy Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council, Cllr. Ken Muschamp
- Representatives of Hampshire & IOW Air Ambulance
- The Assistant Provincial Grand Master for the North East Area, W. Bro. Peter G. Vosser
The evening started with a surprise presentation to one of the band members. The Assistant Provincial Grand Master surprised Victoria Crowe with a cheque for £350, which was donated by two masonic lodges towards musical instruments at the school where she is Head of Music – Fernhill School near Farnborough.
During the 1½ hour concert the band entertained the audience with tunes such as Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, New York, Masquerade, Khachaturian’s Adagio from Spartacus, Mary Poppins, a Medley of Ennio Morricone screen soundtracks and many others. A retiring collection raised over £520, which will help the band in their own efforts of raising funds for local charities.
The event demonstrated that Freemasons care about the community we meet in and there was a unanimous request from all participants for the band to return to the Masonic Centre for another concert later this year.
About Farnborough Freemasons
Freemasonry is open to men of all walks of life, of any race or religion, who believe in a Supreme Being. It has always actively encouraged its members to be active in their own religion. Kindness has always been a core principle of Freemasonry. Individuals give time and money to help others, whether locally, nationally or globally. It may be realising a dream for a member’s child, caring for older Freemasons, volunteering on a local community project, making donations to other UK charities or responding to an international disaster appeal.
There are about 330,000 Freemasons in England who belong to one or more of 8000 Lodges. Across the Masonic Province of Hampshire & Isle of Wight there are 253 Lodges and a total membership of around 11,000 individual brethren.
You will find our display trailer and our support unit at many shows and events as well as in towns and villages across the county from shopping centres to high streets, these displays enable those interested in Freemasonry to come and speak with a real Freemason – and, yes, we welcome your questions on the many aspects of Freemasonry in a frank and open manner. Visit our area website: www.hantsmasonne.org.uk
About the Concert Band
The Farnborough Concert Band of the Royal British Legion was formed in 1987 and consists of over 40 enthusiastic musicians who enjoying performing and entertaining.
It has performed at many prestigious venues, including the Brit awards in 2011 and 2012 where they performed for the pre-awards event. In 2011 they played for the opening of Brighton football club performing in front of a crowd of 17,000 football fans. Each year the band play at Field Day in Hackney entertaining the vast crowds playing more modern music from well-known stars like Adele, Britney Spears and Olly Murs. The band also supports local remembrance events.
The band’s main charity performance is the annual proms style concert held in Aldershot in October with funds donated to charities including Parkinson’s UK, the Army Benevolent Fund, the Royal British Legion and other local charities.