British brass-band thrills Lahore audience
By Shoaib Ahmed
LAHORE: The Band of the Dragoon Guards, an internationally acclaimed military band from the United Kingdom, gave a peerless performance at the red brick building of the British Council on Monday night, which was decked out with glittering illumination for the occasion.
The 21-member band clad in red military uniform gave a delightful performance on the roof of the building. The audience enjoyed a 40-minute performance while standing on the lawn.
The band not only played a Pakistani folk song from saifulmaluk but they also enthralled the audience with ‘Colonel Bogey’, a march tune made famous by the film ‘Bridge over the River Kwai’, ‘Georgia’, an English song and ‘The Saint’, a traditional melody.
The band first performed on the roof before coming down and playing on the stairs of the British Council lobby.
The band led by Captain Leigh Sharpe tours the world extensively and is visiting Pakistan for the second time since their first performance here in 1997.
Captain Sharpe said the response from the audiences in Karachi, Islamabad and now in Lahore had been “very warm and wonderful”.
The city’s cultural elite was out in force for the occasion. Director British Council Dr Robert Snell and Deputy High Commissioner British Council were also present.