UCT Student band perform at Windsor Castle

STAFF REPORTER

As part of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday celebrations, a group of southern suburbs residents, who are members of the Cape Town Highlanders Regimental Drums and Pipes Band, performed at Windsor Castle on the evenings of Thursday May 12 to Sunday May 15.

Pipers Andrew de Blocq of Claremont and Michael-Jon (MJ) Roslee of Observatory, with drummers Amber Vogel of Claremont and Caitlyn Foley of Bergvliet, were accompanied by Dave Foley and Dylan Marais of Newlands, and John and Sheila Imrie of Bergvliet.

They formed part of a delegation of Commonwealth bagpipers who played at the pageant.

This spectacular show was performed by 900 horses and 1 500 people, including a host of British and international stars, with a Royal presence at each performance and the Queen herself attending the final show. It was broadcast globally by ITV, and hosted by the popular duo, Ant and Dec. About 30 000 people watched the show live in the grounds of Windsor Castle over the four night duration.

The proceedings were arranged to celebrate the Queen’s life, and the concept evolved into a flowing representation of her passion for horses, her love of Scotland, her dedication to the Commonwealth and her life-long involvement with the Royal Navy, Army and Air Force.

Four of the band members are UCT students – Mr De Blocq is busy completing an MSc at the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute, Mr Roslee is a medical student, Ms Vogel is studying mechanical engineering and Ms Foleyis studying physiotherapy.