MORE than 300 pipers and drummers will
perform music from Disney's The Lion King as
part of a spectacular finale to next year's
Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
A stirring rendition of Elton John's Can You
Feel the Love Tonight will be the show-stoppper
at the annual extravaganza.
And it is hoped the world famous pop star
might be tempted to Edinburgh to watch what will
be a unique version of his song.
The music from the Lion King is just one of
many performances linked to South Africa, a
country which is making a major contribution to
next year's event.
And a Tattoo spokesman said: "It is a
very interesting choice of music for the Tattoo
and it would be great if we could encourage
Elton John to come and see what he made of
The event will also feature the pipes and
drums of the Cape Town Highlanders, accompanied
by 50 South African Highland dancers, and mark
the British debut of the traditional musicians
and singers of the Cape Minstrels.
The theme for the Tattoo is the Army in
Scotland, and organisers are hoping to remind
people about the important sacrifices made by
Scottish soldiers over the years.
The opening fanfare will be dedicated to the
Scottish Soldiers, and for the first time at the
Tattoo, the Regimental Bands of The Scots Guards
and The Coldstream Guards, two of the finest
military bands in the world, will perform
Giving details of the programme, Tattoo chief
executive and producer Brigadier Melville
Jameson also announced that he planned once
again to have the largest gathering of pipes and
drums on the Castle Esplanade, topping the 13
different bands who performed this year.
In total there will be more than 1000
performers from Australia, New Zealand, South
Africa and the United Kingdom taking to the
Esplanade for the 90-minute spectacular.
And in what is sure to be a crowd pleasing
decision, the Top Secret Drum Corps from
Switzerland, one of the most popular acts ever
to appear at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, has
been lined up for a show-stealing return.
The band became an international sensation
after taking the Tattoo by storm two years ago,
when their performance - their first at a major
event outside Switzerland - was beamed to a
worldwide television audience of more than 100
The choice of a Disney musical to round off
the Military Tattoo is one that may prove
controversial, but Brigadier Jameson insisted he
was confident it would be very popular.
He said: "I think everyone will be
asking why we are doing this until they have
seen it, and while I grant that it may sound
odd, I think it will be a very special
"The song Can You Feel the Love Tonight
is something the pipers can play and I think
with the massed pipes and drums it will be a
truly special event.
"We do have a large number of groups
from South Africa, as well as other African
countries, and we are always trying to ensure
the countries of the commonwealth get a chance
to join the Tattoo.
"There is such a rich culture over there
which produces some tremendous bands.
"As ever it is my aim to produce the
best Tattoo in the business. I realise this will
be a challenge but my small Tattoo team and I
are absolutely intent on matching, if not
surpassing, the success of its
Tickets for next year's Tattoo go on sale at
10am on December 1.