Phil ShannonDiscover how a youngster from a very musical family in Ireland makes his way up to Major Shannon, Director of Music in the Irish Guards. Phil Shannon gives us a terrific insight into his work with the Royal Family and his tricks for finishing the Royal Music at exactly the right moment [mostly] and helping to get the Queen’s toes tapping.
Phil Shannon – Film 1A long trip on his own at 14 from Northern Ireland, takes Phil to Woolwich to start his adventure with violin and trumpet. Encouraged to go to concerts and learning from some of the best his standard of playing soon starts to reach new heights.
Phil Shannon – Film 2Phil’s time as a trumpeter in the Golden 25 Military Band is ended when he returns to the Symphony Orchestra with the Royal Artillery and meets some amazing musicians at the top of their profession. The experience is clearly one he remembers fondly.
Phil Shannon – Film 3Now back teaching the junior musicians, Phil tells us more about the balance between being a military musician and playing for civilian events. He really wants to conduct and become a band master, so Kneller Hall provides him with 3 years of training on the most super intense and pressurized course that the army could provide. Very hard work & surprisingly not always pleasant!
Phil Shannon – Film 4Phil moves on again, from doing his harmony homework leaning on a barrel while manning the bar at Kneller Hall, to performing ‘Music for the Millions’ to Chinese school children in Hong Kong and its outer regions. He begins to see the financial benefit to be gained for the band fund. For him this was a wonderful time for making music and money too.
Phil Shannon – Film 5Phil recalls just how their music helped make a difference to some Chinese children with disabilities, who were living with nothing around them, no colour and absolutely no stimulation. Back in the UK, Phil is with the Welsh Guards, now writing music for Royal Occasions and trying to make it fit the time allotted!!! The stuff of nightmares…
Phil Shannon – Film 6Sometimes things don’t quite go to plan…, and sometimes communities are brought together by trust built up through opposing factions sharing something as simple as a concert.
Phil Shannon – Film 7Coming to a close, Phil’s career is now with the Irish Guards but he has not finished travelling. A show of Celtic music travels around America, visiting 57 cities in three months, they are making money again, the dollars pouring in to support soldiers in Afghanistan and say a big ‘Thank you for the Music’.
Discover how a youngster from a very musical family in Ireland makes his way up to Major Shannon, Director of Music in the Irish Guards. Phil Shannon gives us a terrific insight into his work with the Royal Family and his tricks for finishing the Royal Music at exactly the right moment [mostly] and helping to get the Queen’s toes tapping.