1977 West Berlin
BRITISH BERLIN (The Queen’s Silver Jubilee) TATTOO 1977
Leslie Ryan (Conductor) ~ Doreen Williams & Sean Sweeney (Accompanists)
18th October - - Wavell Barracks for the Welsh Guards and their families
19th October - SFB Studios for radio
22nd October - Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedachtnis-Kirche (Blue Church)
with the Band of the Welsh Guards
25th to 30th October - Deutschlandhalle
Massed Military Bands ~ (Musical Director - Captain D N Taylor of the Welsh Guards,) and other British military units. Morriston Orpheus and the Choir of the Welsh Guards directed by Leslie Ryan.
LP of the event which features: Massed Bands ~ Slaves Chorus. Choirs only ~ Cymru’n un ~ Ar hyd y nos ~ Diolch i’r ior ~ Myfanwy ~ The huntsman’s chorus. Finale with Massed bands ~ Vivat Regina ~ Lead kindly light.
From the LP sleeve: "The Berlin Tattoo has grown over the years to become one of the largest military displays to take place outside Great Britain. This exciting show of military skills, pageantry and superb music is one that is always remembered. In Great Britain and throughout the Commonwealth 1977 has a special significance as the Silver Jubilee Year of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's reign. This special significance is reflected in the the programme and music of the 1977 Tattoo which is staged against a backdrop of the Tower of London."
Photo of the famous Brandenburg Gate, then part of East Berlin - you can also see part of the Berlin Wall. Pictured left to right are the Choir's military liaison officer Col. Neville Thomas, our translator, Leslie Ryan, Danny Leahy (Choir Chairman) and Major Michael Parker (Producer and Director of the Berlin Military Tattoo 1977)
Choir Treasurer Idris Williams, accompanist Doreen Williams and Musical Director Leslie Ryan outside Edinburgh House, Berlin.