FRESH from their first formal concert for almost two years, Michelmersh Silver Band has no time to rest having wowed the audience in Romsey Abbey last Saturday with a programme of music culminating with a flag-waving, Last Night of the Proms-style finale.

The band was straight back into the rehearsal room this week to prepare for its next concert.

On Thursday November 11 at 7.30pm, the band will perform its traditional Concert of Remembrance in aid of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in the United Reformed Church in Romsey.

A band spokesperson said: “Like all charities, the Poppy Appeal has suffered badly throughout the pandemic with revenue down due to events such as its own Remembrance Concert being cancelled in 2020. We are really hoping that in supporting our concert this year, the people of Romsey will help to boost Poppy Appeal funds whilst enjoying our music and remembering the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces.”

As 2021 marks the centenary of the RBL, the programme will reflect upon, and celebrate the work of the organisation set up to support ex-serviceman in the wake of the First World War. From the music of Glenn Miller and Vera Lynne to Leonard Cohen and Westlife, there will be something for everyone in the first half of the programme.

In a more reflective mood, the second half will feature music played in Westminster Abbey for the official celebration of the RBL Centenary.

The Act of Remembrance and two minutes silence will be observed along with the sounding of the Last Post and Reveille as the Royal British Legion Standards are lowered and raised.