Tattoo in 2016 to mark Queen’s 90th birthday

The Lochiel Marching Drill Team perform. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The Lochiel Marching Drill Team perform. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

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THE Military Tattoo will next year host a plethora of talent from as far afield as Scandinavia, the Middle East, North America, Europe and the Antipodes as more than 1200 performers celebrate The Queen’s 90th year under the theme Tunes of Glory.

It will be the 67th Tattoo to be staged at Edinburgh Castle, the inspiring backcloth for the internationally acclaimed event.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has now sold out for 17 successive seasons – entertaining a 220,000-strong audience over 25 performances in August each year.

The line-up of performers for 2016 includes massed pipers, drummers, fiddlers, singers and dancers, along with other featured acts from home and abroad.

Next summer the emphasis is once again on music, movement and pageantry, supported by impressive technology, lighting, sound and projections.

The show will chart the rich history of military music, both on the battlefield and at times of peace, to the present day.

Tattoo Chief Executive and Producer, Brigadier David Allfrey, said: “We are hugely excited at what lies ahead. We are developing a remarkable score with some of the finest performers in the world. It is such a privilege.

“There will be a strong heritage texture to the show, not just celebrating our nation’s armed forces and their musical pedigree but also celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th year – a brilliant combination which provides us with a perfect excuse to bring together the best of our military musicians and those of some longstanding friends and allies.

“The Tattoo always delivers huge colour and pace but I sense this coming year, we will hit a new height.”

Showstopping turns are expected from the King’s Guard of Norway, while the Imps from London’s Docklands – young daredevils – are set to provide a motorcycle display at breathtaking speed.

Antipodean attractions are also on parade with the renowned New Zealand Army Band, who will be accompanied by the all-girl Lochiel Marching Drill Team.

Once again, some of the finest Highland dancers in the world come together in beautiful massed displays, while Shetland’s fiddle players, Hjaltibonhoga, bring their special magic to Edinburgh.

As always, a 100-minute programme will include the Massed Pipes and Drums, the Massed Military Bands and the famous Lone Piper, playing high on the Castle battlements above the parade ground. Among the many bands taking part will be the Band of the Household Cavalry, the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, the Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Royal Irish Regiment.

Next year’s production takes place nightly from Monday to Friday, at 9pm, with two performances on a Saturday, at 7.30pm and 10.30pm.

Tickets for the 2016 Tattoo, which runs from August 5-27, priced £25-£70, will be available for sale online at www.edintattoo.co.uk, by telephone on 0131-225 1188, or via email: tickets@edintattoo.co.uk from 10am on Tuesday, December 1.

Tickets for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebration next year sold out yesterday just hours after being offered to the public.

Organisers had expected the 25,000 places on offer for the extravaganza, which is being staged from May 12-15 in Home Park, Windsor Castle, to go quickly.

The event itself will be a 90-minute spectacular celebrating the life of Her Majesty with members of the Royal Family in attendance on each day and the Queen going to the spectacular final performance on May 15.

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