Naval sites to be used as music locations

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THREE naval locations in the Portsmouth area are being used as the backdrop of a new musical composition.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) has commissioned composer and recording artist Marvin Ayres to record a suite of four movements to reflect the service in four ways – on the sea, under the sea, in the air and on land.

The ‘on the sea’ movement will be recorded on HMS Victory, in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, where Admiral Lord Nelson was killed during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

And Second World War submarine HMS Alliance, in Gosport, will be used for the ‘under the sea’ movement.

Both recordings are due to take place on Wednesday.

The Royal Marines Museum, in Eastney, will reflect the ‘on the land’ movement, and recording will take place next year, along with the fourth piece in Yeovilton.

Professor Dominic Tweddle, director general of the NMRN, said: ‘The music is unusual – it has no obvious beginning, middle and end. Our intention is to create a unique ‘sound-scape’ which evokes the spirit of the naval history from operating on and under the sea, to operating in the air and on the land.’

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