2018 Edinburgh Military Tattoo Opens Tonight
Scotland’s Premier Public Military Event Will Celebrate RAF Centenary
The 2018 Royal Edinburgh military Tattoo’s opening ceremony takes place today, Friday, 3 August, in front of a live audience of 8,800 on th esplanade at Edinburgh Castle and 220,000 across the world.
The result of months of hard work in various parts of the UK and all around the world, around 800 musicians and 400 other performers will deliver an integrated score for more than 40 instrument types on tens of thousands of sheets of music. The musicians and other performers arrived in Edinburgh on Sunday 29th July and have just four days to put together their individual acts into one flawless performance.
The cast of this year’s Military Tattoo came together on the morning of August 1st at Redford Barracks outside Edinburgh to perform their first full public run through of the 2018 show, known as the Working Dress Rehearsal.
Pipes and Drums Celebrate RAF 100
In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force, the UK Military contingent will feature a lot of “Light Blue” throughout, however, as usual, the traditional Pipes and Drums of The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1st, 2nd and 4th Battalions), The Royal Air Force, The Scots Guards, The Queen’s Royal Hussars and The Royal Dragoon Guards, as well as the Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Band of the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. , will provide some world-class performances. This year’s performances will also include the Combined Bands of the Royal Cavalry of the Sultanate of Oman.
The Pipers and Drummers are soldiers first and foremost and have been deployed on exercises, operations and training missions all over the UK and further afield, with 4 SCOTS having just finished support to the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, dealing with wildfires on Saddleworth Moor, 2 SCOTS home after serving on Operations in Iraq (Op SHADER), Cyprus and South Sudan (Op TRENTON) and 1 SCOTS providing Short Term Training Teams to Malawi and soldiers to train in Specialised Infantry skills in Belize.
The full-time musicians of The Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland (SCOTS Band) have just finished a Scotland-wide tour, in support of Poppy Scotland entitled ‘Walking with Heroes’, before launching into a hectic ceremonial season with Royal Gun Salutes, Her Majesty The Queen’s week of Scottish Engagements known as Holyrood Week and a three-week deployment on public duties at Buckingham Palace with 5 SCOTS.
Combined with performers, both military and civilian, from all over the world, this year’s Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will provide a world-class spectacle to the audiences who watch it live, as well as the hundreds of millions around the globe who will experience it on television and digital media channels. The Military Tattoo will run until 25 August.
Sources: MOD, British Army
Featured Image: the 2010 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.