Central Band and Ondras Ensemble excel at the Edinburgh Tattoo Festival

Autor: By Oldrich Holecek

The Central Band of Czech Armed Forces and the Ondras Military Art Ensemble represent Czech cultural heritage at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo for the first time.

A group of 113 military musicians and artists are making their successful debut at the a long tradition festival in Edinburgh by performing a colourful programme connecting world-famous pieces of Bedrich Smetana and Antonin Dvorak with unique Moravian folk dances.

This year, the Tattoo 2018 celebrates the Royal Air Force as they mark their 100th Anniversary, and Czechs perform their programme also to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Czechoslovak Republic.

It is held from 3rd-25th August and is the real place for presenting diverse world cultures, customs and music from all over the world as performers came from 43 countries.

Before the beginning the Tattoo programme, Deputy Chief of the Czech General Staff, Major General Jaroslav Kocian, met with members of both Czech contributing groups and they together paid tribute to three Czech soldiers who had fallen in Afghanistan early this month.

Commander of the Czech Central Band, Lieutenant Colonel Jaroslav Sip, told Czech reporters: ”During the final part of the whole Tattoo, all participating bodies will perform together the newly composed work 'The Sky's the Limit' . It will be the excellent interconnection where no language or religion form any boundary and it will be a perfect music piece in which all nations resonate together.”

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August 16, 2018