The Life Guard Music Corps is now without homes


This week, the Royal Danish Theatre has unveiled the exciting idea of creating a children's performing arts universe in the Starling Box at Kongens Nytorv. However, this leaves the current users of the Starling Box – the Royal Life Guard's Music Corps – without a roof over their heads. DEOO – Danish Ensembles, Orchestras and Opera Institutions are therefore now engaged in the work to help H.M. The Queen's orchestra find a new, suitable venue for rehearsals and concerts.

Close to Amalienborg, the country's oldest orchestra of its kind usually holds rehearsals ahead of tafler, which is played at state visits, anniversaries and other major events in the Royal Family and in Denmark. The music corps also holds a number of public concerts, where an ordinary audience is invited. The orchestra consists of deeply committed, professional musicians who – in addition to pulling on the uniform for royal dinners, state visits and public concerts – also put on the bearskin hat for the guard parade in the streets of Copenhagen – much to the delight of copenhageners and tourists alike. The orchestra is the Royal Life Guard's Music Corps, which has been around since 1658 and is the orchestra you will find at any postcard stand in Denmark; a play playing danish cultural heritage in the middle of Denmark's capital.

The Life Guard Music Corps, denmark's only professional harmony orchestra, holds daily rehearsals in the Starling Box at Kongens Nytorv, right next to the Royal Theatre. The Royal Theatre left the Starlings Box in 2008, so the Danish Palaces and Culture Agency is now renting the Starling Box to the Royal Life Guard's Music Corps. However, the Royal Danish Theatre has new, important plans involving the building; a new children's universe for performing arts that reaches out to all children in Denmark. This leaves the Life Guard orchestra without a rehearsal place, and DEOO – Danish Ensembles, Orchestras and Opera Institutions will now explore the possibilities.

"The Royal Danish Theatre's new venture – an experience universe for children and young people – is a really exciting idea that DEOO fully supports. The goal of reaching all Denmark's children with performing arts of the highest quality is one that DEOO shares. However, the project means that the Life Guard Music Corps now has no place to try. Like any professional orchestra and any other workplace, it is important to ensure that employees – in this case the musicians – have the optimal conditions for them to perform. Deoo will now go into that work," said Deoo, head of secretariat at DEOO, Asbjørn Keiding.

For the Life Guard's Music Corps, the premises should not be further away from Rosenborg Castle and Amalienborg than a short bike ride allows. The musicians often have to play more than once in a day. The orchestra's primary task is to serve H.M. The Queen, but during the year there is also time to play public concerts for the ordinary and less royal audience.

"The Royal Life Guard's Music Corps, like any other professional orchestra, needs rehearsal and concert facilities in the right setting. A hall that allows the orchestra to hear each other clearly during rehearsals, to have a fixed podium setting adapted to the orchestra, to store large percussion instruments and other instrumentariums, and not least to have an audience. But it's not just in Copenhagen, which is why we're happy – together with the Life Guard – to engage with relevant stakeholders to hear how we solve this problem. Thus The Life Guard can continue to impress both the Queen's guests, the Danish public and tourists from all over the world," says Asbjørn Keiding. Photo: Nikolaj Lund, Royal Life Guard Music Corps in Sterkassen