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Watch Kneller Hall – A Final Farewell Right Here

This bank holiday weekend, BFBS Radio 2, Forces TV and BFBS Extra celebrated military music.

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If you missed the exclusive first play of The Royal Corps of Army Music's Farewell To Kneller Hall concert over the August bank holiday weekend on Forces TV, BFBS Extra and BFBS, the Forces Station, have no fear because you can watch it below.

Kneller Hall, the home of British Army music since it was established in 1857, will soon close its gates in Twickenham for the final time and the Royal Military School of Music will move to Portsmouth to co-locate with the Royal Marines Band Service. 

To mark this end of an era and the start of a new chapter, Kneller Hall filmed a special one-off concert to take the place of the traditional weekly summer events they have hosted for many generations with audiences of about 2,000 a night. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a decision was made to film the concert instead of hosting a live event with guests.

The programme featured a full concert with a mix of musicians from across the Corps with Big Band, Marching Band, Brass Band and strings and was presented by Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Frank Renton – a former Director of Music and one of the most well-known names in Army music.

Lt Col (Ret'd) Renton is an experienced presenter who had his own BBC radio show 'Listen To The Band'. Throughout the programme, he weaved in stories about the history of Kneller Hall, considered by some to be the spiritual home of all Army musicians.

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The programme featured 13 pieces of music along with interviews and historical flashbacks.

If you want to listen to both Kneller Hall – A Final Farewell and The Mountbatten Festival of Music while you get on with your day, they will both be available to listen to again on www.bfbs.com.

Cover Image: Army musicians perform outside Kneller Hall (Picture: Royal Army Corps Of Music).