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St. George’s Day Concert by The Band of The Coldstream Guards

St. George’s Day Concert by The Band of The Coldstream Guards

Friday 24th April, 2020


Phoenix Concert Hall


Direct from duties at Buckingham Palace, the Band of the Coldstream Guards return to the Fairfield Halls to celebrate this most important of English Days, St George’s Day. This finest of English Regiments, representing Her Majesty’s Household Division, will be performing alongside local Salvation Army trumpet soloist Thomas Nielsen, winner of the coveted BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Award 2018 and finalist in the renowned Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award in association with Classic FM. We are also delighted to welcome one of the band’s favourite guest artistes, the renowned Mezzo Soprano Susanne Dymott who will be singing a selection of quintessentially English songs in an evening of musical excellence.

In a first for Croydon, The Coldstream Guards will be joined on stage by the Salvation Army Band from the Croydon Citadel. These two musical institutions have close links dating back many years and are reuniting once again for St George’s Day.

For one night only, you will be taken on a journey through Old England and treated to the unique sound of pomp & ceremony from some of the world’s most renowned bands.

Tom Nielsen is a B&S, Besson and Courtois instruments artist.

Proceeds towards the Guards Museum and Veterans Aid one of the country’s leading military charities, who care for veterans in crisis.


Thomas Nielsen – Trumpet

Thomas was born in 2001. He started playing the cornet in 2009 under the tutelage of his father, Carl.  In 2014, he commenced studying trumpet with Andrew Mitchell at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he won the Principal’s Prize and, in 2019, began studying with Paul Beniston and Anne McAneney at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Tom was brought up in the Salvation Army at Croydon Citadel where he still plays with the corps band.  He is also a soloist and solo cornet player with the International Staff Band of the Salvation Army and has also guested with many well-known brass bands such as the Cory Band, Foden’s Band and the Grimethorpe Colliery Band.

In 2016 Tom attended his first courses with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.  In 2017 Tom was appointed Principal Cornet and Leader of the NYBBGB, a position he still holds.  He won the prestigious Harry Mortimer solo award in 2019.  At NYBBGB, Tom has also won the Maud Wright Award, the Harold and Bernard Tovey Memorial Award, and the Phillip McCann cornet award for an unprecedented four years in succession.

In 2018 Tom became the first cornet player to win the coveted BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Award 2018, which was broadcast live on the Listen to the Band programme on BBC Radio 2 on 20 April, accompanied by the Foden’s Band.  As a result of winning this competition he was invited to be guest soloist with the Black Dyke Band at the 2018 British Open Brass Band Championships Gala Concert at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham and, on 8 February 2019, guest soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra on a live broadcast of the Radio 2 show, “Friday Night is Music Night.”

In 2019, Tom became a finalist in the renowned Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award in association with Classic FM.


SUSANNE DYMOTT – Mezzo-Soprano

Susanne Dymott, mezzo-soprano, was born in Bellshill, Scotland.  She trained and graduated from The Guildhall School of Music in 2011 and studies with Anita Morrison.  Susanne took the English National Opera’s Operaworks course under the direction of Jane Robinson and Martin Constantine.  Notable roles include Isabella Litaliana in Algeri (Guildhall), Dorabella Cosi fan tutte (Guildhall) Marcellina Le Nozze di Figaro (Guildhall),Serse Serse (ENO Operaworks), Octavian Der Rosenkavalier (ENO Operaworks) and recently performed in ENO’s production of John Cage’s Musicircus.

Susanne’s musical upbringing was in The Salvation Army, in which she was a member of the International Staff Songsters, their premier choir, where she featured as a soloist on both international tours and recordings.  She has performed as a soloist at venues such as Cadogan Hall, Christchurch Spitalfields, Birmingham Symphony Hall, St Martin in the Fields and the Royal Albert Hall.  Susanne is part of vocal quartet ffourtissimo who have appeared on BBC and ITV and sing extensively throughout the UK. ffourtissimo recently performed their first opera as a quartet, Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. Susanne played the leading role of Dinah.

Susanne works as a singing teacher at St Mary’s girls school in Cambridge and is a vocal consultant and coach for the trebles of the Schola Cantorum at the Cardinal Vaughan memorial school.  Her pupils regularly undertake child roles for English National Opera and the Royal Opera House, as well as film soundtracks.


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Venue Info

Phoenix Concert Hall

Designed as a scaled down version of the Royal Festival Hall, (both venues shared the same acoustic consultant, Hope Bagenal), our Concert Hall is recognised internationally for its fantastic and bright acoustics and has “…some of the finest acoustics in Europe” as stated by renowned conductor Leopold Stokowski.

The Phoenix Concert Hall will once again play host to the London Mozart players as resident Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra.



Phoenix Pianos

Phoenix Pianos - Fairfield Halls

Phoenix Pianos are a British company that pride themselves on leading the piano manufacture industry with new, high-end piano technologies.

Founder and Chairman, Richard Dain, is a man of impressive engineering pedigree and tireless vision, who in the early 2000s began to combine his passion for pianos and music with his wide-ranging engineering skills.

A series of ground-breaking innovations have led to the most technologically advanced pianos in the world.

The Phoenix mission is twofold:

  1. To once again offer inspiration to artists in new levels of acoustic performance, after a century of near complete stagnation within the piano industry.
  2. To make highly practical improvements to piano design, such as climate resistance, longevity of parts, reliability of performance, and touch response.

Phoenix instruments benefit from:

  • Carbon fibre and Kevlar soundboard designs
  • A new highly responsive action comprising 3D printed and carbon fibre parts
  • Patented bridge technology to improve the power and efficiency of acoustic transfer, giving artists access to a wider dynamic range

The installation of a fleet of Phoenix instruments in the Fairfield Halls, and their sponsoring of the Phoenix Academy, represent a very special moment for both piano design and manufacture, and for this premier venue.