Musician to record piece on HMS Victory

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A COMPOSER who works in unusual places is set to record his latest piece on board HMS Victory in Portsmouth.

British cellist, violinist, pianist and producer Marvin Ayres will work on the 247-year-old warship where Admiral Nelson lost his life during the Battle of Trafalgar.

Mr Ayres will play cellos, violins and violas in one of the gun decks of the oak ship for a recording session commissioned by the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

He also plans to record on the spot where Nelson was fatally wounded by a French marksman at Trafalgar.

‘I choose locations with a unique sense of character and history to inspire my composition and performance,’ he said, adding: ‘I reawaken the dormant spirit residing in these unlikely locations.’

Mr Ayres, who has worked with Culture Club, Simply Red and Frankie Goes To Hollywood, has already recorded in HMS Alliance at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport, and also plans to work at the Royal Marines Museum, Eastney, and the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton.