Special concert to mark Royal Marines milestone

The Royal Marines band
The Royal Marines band
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The Royal Marines will be celebrating their 351st anniversary in style with a concert this week and will be welcoming the Corps of Drums from the famous Royal Hospital College for the first time.

Seven members of the Corps of Drums and the new bandmaster, former Royal Marines Director of Music Richard Harvey, will perform in the prestigious Mountbatten Room of the Royal Marines Museum in Eastney on Wednesday from 7.30pm.

It will include a performance of Mr Harvey’s own composition, Am Sailing to Westward, a musical setting of the fateful tale of HMS Trinidad.

The Royal Marines Association (RMA) Director of Music, Major Tony Smallwood, said: ‘Each year the RMA Band performs dozens of events and concerts around the country, but engaging with the next generation of young musicians is one of the most important and satisfying things we do.

‘It’s a real personal pleasure for me to be able to work with enthusiastic young musicians on a concert rich with the unforgettable sound of the Royal Marines – past, present, and hopefully future!’

The Royal Hospital School Band, of which the Corps of Drums is a part, is the flagship of the School’s impressive music department.

Apart from ceremonial duties accompanying major parades, it has performed at many national events.

The band has also recorded several CDs and has toured in the USA, South Africa and Sri Lanka.

Mr Harvey said: ‘I am immensely proud to be able to showcase the wonderful young musicians we have at the Royal Hospital School, and the Corps of Drums really are a shining example of what can be achieved when the pupils put their minds to it.’

The Royal Marines Association Concert Band is made up of some 95 per cent former RM musicians who got together in April 2006.

They will be recording a new CD in the new year to celebrate their successful 
10-year milestone.

Tickets cost £15. For more information email music@royalhospitalschool.org or purchase tickets directly on (023) 9281 9385.