YORKSHIRE’S only manufacturer of customized trombones in the UK enjoyed afternoon tea with the Queen serenaded by his own trombones.
Michael and Nicola Rath of Rath Trombones in rural Honley, West Yorkshire were guests at a Buckingham Palace garden party recently where the music was played by the Band of the Irish Guards whose trombone section play Rath Trombones.
Mick has a long association with the Band of the Irish Guards and was surprised but delighted that they were on parade the day he had tea at the Palace.
“To hear my instruments being played in front of royalty and thousands of other people by such a prestigious band was a real accolade for the company,” said Michael, whose company makes custom trombones for musicians all over the world.
“We were surprised, but thrilled to get an invitation to a palace garden party where HRH The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined 7,500 guests.
While they were there Michael and Nicola were photographed with the trombone section of the band and the next morning saw them march during a rehearsal for the Trooping of the Colour on Horse Guards Parade.
“I’ve only ever seen the Trooping of the Colour on tv and was over-the-moon to be invited to see it up close,” said Michael.   “I was very proud to see the trombones involved in such a spectacle”.
The garden party was not the first royal occasion for Michael who received a visit last year from HRH Princess Anne, the Princess Royal to his factory in the Yorkshire village, where he employs 15 craftspeople.
Rath Trombones was chosen out of hundreds of other UK businesses for the Royal visit during which the Princess Royal was shown in depth how the custom trombones were made.
Raths are played by artists from all over the world covering all music genres from orchestra to opera house, jazz to funk.
The trombones are built to customers’ exact specifications.