Tattoo marks rich history of military music

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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo's 2016 promises another spectacular programme, a diverse international cast and a focus on great military music with the theme Tunes of Glory.

More than 1200 performers will take part, with over 250 pipers and drummers, Jordanian cavalry soldiers, five British Military Bands, a performance from the US Army Europe Band (above) and what the Tattoo describes as "one or two incredible surprises". 

Highlights of the 2016 show will include: 

  • The Jordanian Royal Guard, Band and Drill Team, marking 100 years since the Great Arab Revolt and tell the story of one of history’s most famous battles.
  • A magical snowfall across the Esplanade, as Mount Everest is revealed on Edinburgh Castle and the Nepal Army Band celebrate their homeland and links with the United Kingdom.
  • The 38-strong Imps Motorcycle Display Team riding to their own ‘Tunes of Glory’.
  • Crowd favourites the Massed Pipes and Drums comprising over 250 pipers & drummers from eleven Regimental and Commonwealth bands.
  • The Royal Air Force flypasts, scheduled for August 6, 10, 17, 19 and 24. The flypast on 6 August will feature the world famous Red Arrows at 7.30pm.

 The Tattoo's Chief Executive and Producer, Brigadier David Allfrey, said: 

Each and every year, we look to inspire a new generation of Tattoo devotees.  We reach out into over 90 countries and normally have more than 20 nationalities represented in the cast.  While we so enjoy welcoming a diverse international audience to Edinburgh every year, at this time, we think we have a special imperative: to celebrate the unique nature of every nation and their wonderful differences.
We are particularly proud to add our celebration to Her Majesty The Queen’s special year while marking other important anniversaries: Jutland and the Great Arab Revolt.  Above all though, the music is the star. This year, we have developed a fabulous score bursting with incredible tunes. For those that attend, I hope the evening will be hugely entertaining and even inspirational. 

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After their massively successful run in Australia and New Zealand earlier in the year (above), ticket sales for the Tattoo's 25 performances in Edinburgh have also been huge, with an 18th consecutive sell-out expected. 

Brigadier Allfrey continued: 

Last year, we were described as ‘one of the greatest shows on earth’.  This is a huge and uncommon accolade and we have been rewarded with tickets selling at a ferocious pace; faster than at any time since I have been the Producer.  There remains an extraordinary call for seats and often we are unable to satisfy the demand.
This said, we have ‘returns’ each day, from folk who cannot attend for one reason or another and it always worth a quick call to the Box Office to see what seats might have come available - even at the last minute.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place from 5-27 August 2016. Find out more, including links for programme information and ticketing, on our Tattoo page.

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