Beating Retreat

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Wednesday 6th June 2018, 8.00pm
Wednesday 7th June 2017, 8.00pm
Venue: Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, London

This year’s performances will feature The Massed Bands of the Foot Guards, The Mounted Band of the Household Cavalry, Pipes and Drums and Corps of Drums supported by the Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry with two visiting bands, The Band and Pipes of the United Arab Emirates, the Royal Choral Society and The United States Army Europe Band and Chorus, totalling more than 600 musicians.

Invariably described as ‘truly spectacular’ ‘epic’ and ‘London at its finest’, the Household Division Beating Retreat is a unique spectacle that is not replicated anywhere else in the world. It is a premier must-see event on the London social calendar.


On the evenings of 6th and 7th of June, Beating Retreat, the magnificent pageant of military music, precision drill, will sound out from the world famous parade square, which has the beautiful St James’s Park as its backdrop. The evening will finish in customary style with an impressive fireworks display filling the capital’s skies with explosive colour.