Yes, it is that time of year again!
I can hardly believe how quickly the year has flown past, since the Lone Piper played his melancholy tune at the Castle of Good Hope, and the Final Muster of all the participants at last year’s Cape Town Military Tattoo filed out of the front arena, to the thunderous applause of hundreds of exhilarated spectators.
Capetonians – and lucky visitors to the Mother City – are in for three evenings of marvellous military music next week: The Cape Town Military Tattoo 2013 will be hosted at the Castle from Thursday, 31 October to Saturday 2 November 2013.
Casual visitors to the Castle around Saturday midday/afternoon will receive a special treat, in the form of a matinee performance involving several youth groups of the Western Cape. All they need to do is pay the normal entrance fee to the Castle – R30 for adults, R15 for SA pensions and R15 for children (5-16 years).
For the evening performances, gates will open at 17h30, and secure parking for visitors is available on the Grand Parade opposite the main gates to the Castle. The pre-show will start around 19h00, with the show itself beginning at 20h00 and concluding at 22h00.
Tickets can be purchased at Computicket, who will also have a stand outside the main entrance every evening, for those who want to wait until the last minute to buy tickets. Reserved seats on the two main stands cost R100 for adults, and reserved seats on the two side stands cost R80 for adults. A pensioner discount is available, with tickets costing R80, and children between 3 and 11 years old pay R50. These prices are incredibly reasonable, given the impressively high standard of the performances.
This year, I am told, the bands of all four services of the military will be represented – the Army, the Air Force, the Navy and the Military Health Services – which has not been the case for a number of years. They will be joined by our excellent pipe bands, which include the Drums and Pipes of the Cape Town Highlanders and the Pipes and Drums of the Cape Field Artillery.
I spent a bit of time at the Castle today, to get some behind-the-scenes pictures of the preparations. The four seating stands were being erected by the professional crew of GearHouse, while 3 Electrical Workshop from Wonderboom were busy setting up the lighting towers and assembling the lighting box on the balcony overlooking the arena.