Queen gives seal of approval to famed Northampton brass musician

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The family of a famed Northampton brass musician, who died last year, have received a Royal stamp of approval for a composition he wrote to mark the Queen’s birthday.

David Civil wrote The Queen’s Guard five years ago, but never got round to sending it to Buckingham Palace before he died last May, aged 72.

So his family sent it off in his memory, and have recently received a letter from the Palace, saying the Queen was “very touched” by the piece.

Mr Civil, of Billing Road, lived in Northampton his whole life, and had written music professionally for around 20 years.,

He was born into a very musical family. His brother was the late French horn player, Alan Civil, who played on The Beatles’ track, For No One, on their Revolver album.

Mr Civil’s niece, Natalie Domingo, sent The Queen’s Guard to the Palace.

She said: “He wrote a lot of music and The Queen’s Guard was one of them. He didn’t write it for the Queen, but has always wanted to send it to her and hadn’t ever done it.

“Although he played the trumpet and things, he could also be quite shy and not that confident. We were overwhelmed with the Queen’s response. We all love royalty and we always go to the proms.

“We didn’t think we’d get a response from her so we couldn’t believe it.

“David was always there for us, used to take us down to the club and buy us pop and things like that.

“He was a loving, generous person. He was really bubbly and was always game for a laugh. He used to phone all the family and play music down the phone to us.

“My children did amateur dramatics and they would be on stage and he would be in the orchestra.”

Mr Civil developed his love of music while at Kettering Road County Secondary School.

He later played in the Art Lewis Orchestra, the Northampton Concert Band and the Northampton Symphony Orchestra.