The Legasee Educational Trust has been commissioned to chronicle over 160 years of military music, centred around the Royal Military School of Music (RMSM) at Kneller Hall in South West London – and the organisation is seeking stories from veterans as part of its research.

Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Legasee Educational Trust will explore the curious history of the RMSM and examine the importance of music to military efforts. The Trust will also work with local pupils from Chase Bridge School in Twickenham.

The project will investigate recordings of bugle calls and oral accounts from military personnel. Veterans who studied at the institution are being urged to get in touch and share their memories. The activity will culminate in a public concert held at Kneller Hall (pictured) next year.

‘From communication to celebration, music has been an integral part of warfare from the very outset,’ commented Legasee Trustee Martin Bisiker in a statement. ‘Focusing on the work of the Royal Military School of Music, our project will not only explore the history of the military bands who create such a stunning spectacle at state occasions, but also focus on the often forgotten history and role of military musicians in wartime and the part they have played in post war conflict resolution.’

The RMSM was founded in 1857 by the then Duke of Cambridge. Kneller Hall is home to the Corps of Army Music, the RMSM and the Museum of Army Music.

If you or someone you know studied or worked at Kneller Hall please contact the Legasee Educational Trust at martin@legasee.org.uk.