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Musician Profile - Lance Corporal White

Lance Corporal (LCpl) Rebecca White (31) joined the Corps of Army Music in 2004 and has served in the Royal Artillery Band and the Band of the Welsh Guards.

Prior to her Army career, LCpl White studied the violin and piano at Chethams School of Music from the age of 11 to 18 years and then furthered her violin studies in performance at the Royal School of Music, gaining a Bachelors of Music degree with honours in 2004.

Her musical roles include leading the string ensemble engagements at the Royal Palaces and other prestigious venues in London, participating in the Household Division Orchestra and the Corps of Army Music Sinfonietta. She is also a dedicated second-study flautist in the wind and marching band arenas.

Rebecca is married to LCpl John White who also serves in the Band of the Welsh Guards, and she has just returned to work following the birth of their first child.

 

 

LCpl White interview about being in the Corps of Army Music.

  • How long have you been in the Army? I have been in the Army for 8 years.
  • What instruments do you play? I play the Violin, Flute, piccolo and piano.
  • Which Band are you in? I am currently in the Band of the Welsh Guards, based in central London.
  • What made you consider a career in the Corps of Army Music? I joined the Army for job security as a musician, as it can be difficult to find employment as a performer with the kind of security, pay and good working conditions that the Army has to offer.
  • What do you find the most rewarding working in CAMUS? I enjoy working with like minded musicians and as a team.
  • What do you find the most challenging working in CAMUS? I find keeping my fitness up to the required standard hard work. Having to fit group and personal training sessions in around band engagements and rehearsals and my family life can be difficult at times.
  • What do you get personally out of performing with the Corps of Army Music Sinfonietta? I enjoy the challenging programmes of music and the pressure of limited rehearsal time to achieve the high standard required. It is also nice to play in a larger orchestral ensemble of up to 50 players and it is nice to perform with the added brass and woodwind and not just strings.
  • What is the best music engagement you have been involved with whilst in the Army? The best engagement to date that I have had the pleasure of being a part of was the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, run by the Royal British Legion for the Poppy Appeal over remembrance weekend. It is hard work over that weekend, but at this event we get to perform in one of the worlds iconic concert venues and share the stage with some world class performers.
  • What are your long term goals? I have just returned to work after a period of maternity leave and I am expecting my second baby in May 2013, so I am not sure at this time.
  • Would you recommend joining the Corps of Army Music, and if so why? I would thoroughly recommend a career in Army Music, especially to 17 – 19 year old musicians with a wind band background.