Students from the Duke of York’s Royal Military School in Dover had a surprise guest conductor as they performed at The Sun Military Awards, “the Millies”, at the Guildhall, London, on Friday January 22.
As the School Military Band took position by the red carpet to perform to people leaving the star-studded event, Peter Andre took the baton from Director of Military Music David Cresswell and led the band for several minutes, much to the students’ and onlookers’ delight.
Left to right Adebisi Akintola, Holly Howell, Jordan Smith & Ian Wright
As well as playing music including Jubilee, The World in Union, Swing March, Time to Say Goodbye, Sons of the Brave and Georgia, the band members also formed a guard of honour to greet attendees on their way through to dinner at the beginning of the event.
High-profile guests included Rod Stewart, Penny Lancaster, Ian Wright, Susanna Reid, Gaby Roslin and Joey Essex as well as Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and Mayor of London Boris Johnson, many of whom stopped to chat to the students on the way through to the dinner, honouring the courage and fortitude of Britain’s Armed Forces.
Chris Russell, the school’s Executive Principal, said: “Many of our pupils have parents serving in the Armed Forces so the Milllies are always of great interest to our school community. Many celebrities stopped to remark on the excellent performance of the band and some were even spotted recording the music on their mobile phones.”
The Duke of York’s Royal Military School has a strong military ethos and is popular with parents serving in the Armed Forces. Since 2010, the school has attracted non-military families because of its traditional ethos and academic success.