Bute to host first concert performance of WW1 march

The Bute Community Band, seen here in concert in June, will give the first concert performance of Cecil Coles' march Kitchener's Army at Mount Stuart on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.
The Bute Community Band, seen here in concert in June, will give the first concert performance of Cecil Coles' march Kitchener's Army at Mount Stuart on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

A piece of music written by a Scottish composer who died on active service in the First World War is set to receive its very first concert performance at an event on Bute next month.

Cecil Coles’ march, Kitchener’s Army, will form part of the Bute Community Band’s programme at a First World War memorial concert at Mount Stuart on Tuesday, November 11 - the 96th anniversary of Armistice Day.

The march was discovered by composer and arranger Barry Ould, who has spent several years attempting to have Coles’ original works published after they were left in storage at his old school, George Watson’s College in Edinburgh, until 1993.

Coles, who was born in Kirkcudbright in 1888, served in the war as a result of his appointment as regimental bandmaster of the Queen Victoria’s Rifles.

He was killed by a German sniper on April 26, 1918 while rescuing wounded soldiers from a wooded clearing at the Somme.

The proceeds from next month’s concert - also featuring the Island Voices Choir and the Rothesay and District Pipe Band, as well as some spoken word pieces - will be donated to Erskine, the charity for former service personnel.

Tickets for the Mount Stuart concert are available from members of the Bute Community Band, and also from Brechin’s on Bridgend Street.

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