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The day was bright, but cold and with a keen wind. The temperature was low enough to encourage hats and gloves as the band huddled into the band stand. The carefully chosen programme started with solemn, quiet music such as Hymn to the Fallen by John Williams from Saving Private Ryan and Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams. People hurrying to the Carillon stopped to listen and, when we played Elgar’s Nimrod, broke into applause.
The band did not play throughout the service which as ever included the iconic dispersal of the poppies from the Carillon, but brightened the mood by playing march tunes as people were leaving.
Such marches as Holyrood and Army of the Nile both by Kenneth Alford, put a spring in the step of the congregation as they hastened home to warm up.
LCB at St Botolph's Church, Shepshed