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Sea Cadets National Band Contest

Sat 17 Aug 2024 | 10am–6pm
Tickets: £FREE
Old Royal Naval College, London SE10 9NN

Join us for an unforgettable day as we proudly host the Sea Cadets National Band Contest. This prestigious event, returning for the first time since 2019, promises a dazzling display of musical talent with approximately 200 cadets showcasing their skills.


  • 10am: Listen to the captivating solo performances at Queen Mary’s Court
  • 12.30pm–4.15pm: Full band performances near the Water Gate entrance
  • 5pm: The excitement culminates with the prize-giving ceremony
  • 5.30pm: March past

Don’t miss this extraordinary celebration of young talent and musical excellence at one of London’s most iconic landmarks. Be part of the tradition, support the cadets, and witness performances that will leave you inspired.

A group uniformed Sea Cadet musicians, part of a ceremonial band, are performing outdoors. The focus is on a female musician playing a silver bugle, dressed in a navy blue and white uniform with a white hat featuring a black ribbon. Other musicians, also in uniform with white hats and red accents, are in the background playing similar instruments. The setting appears to be a formal event, with a stone wall and green trees visible in the background.


Sea Cadets broadens horizons and creates possibilities through a water sport activities and nautical adventure. Working across the UK with some 14,000 young people aged 10 to 17, the charity helps them develop into resilient, confident young people who can launch well in life, whatever their background.

Two young musicians in navy blue and white uniforms with white hats are interacting outdoors. The musician on the left, wearing a hat holds a sheet of music on a stand, while the one on the right, wearing a hat holds a gold saxophone. Both are smiling and seem to be preparing for a performance. Other people in similar uniforms are visible in the background, indicating a group or band setting at a formal event.