Apr 21 2011 By Jenny Coombes
Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs
AN RAF NORTHOLT musician has penned the fanfare which will welcome Prince William and Kate Middleton to married life.
Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs, RAF Music Services principal director of music, will conduct the piece, titled Valiant and Brave – along with three other more familiar tunes, during the ceremony at Westminster Abbey.
Four trumpeters, three trombonists and a side drummer from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force will herald the moment the royal couple sign the register.
Wing Cdr Stubbs wrote Valiant and Brave – the motto of 22 Squadron, Prince William's RAF search-and-rescue unit – on the piano and computer at his home. The 30-second piece is being kept underwraps until the big day but Mr Stubbs has been leading rehearsals of the other fanfares at RAF Northolt's base in West End Road, Ruislip, including a practice under the glare of the world's media earlier this month.
He said the group would not be overawed by the royal occasion on Friday (29), as they are "doing their job".
Around two billion people worldwide are expected to tune in for the wedding.
He said: “Knowing that so many people will be watching RAF Musicians perform is a great privilege. We have prepared meticulously for the big day and will hopefully feel undaunted by the occasion. It will be to a certain extent business as usual but obviously because of the occasion it will be a bit special."
Sgt Paul Sutton, from Ruislip, told reporters he was excited about a wonderful, "once in a life-time" opportunity.
The trumpeter, who was has served with the band and RAF for nearly 20 years, said: "Certainly in my career to date it will be the most important job that we do, so I'm really looking forward to it."
The fanfare trumpeters will be performing live on BBC Breakfast News on April 28.