IT was a music event which ‘passed all expectations’, as the South Coast Proms returned this year in aid of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.
The Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines took centre stage alongside the Portsmouth Military Wives Choir, and Australian saxophonist Amy Dickson during the event, which was held on Friday and Saturday evenings at HMS Excellent, Whale Island. Lieutenant Colonel Nick Grace, OBE, is the principal director of music for the Royal Marines Band and conducted for the South Coast Proms.
He said: ‘It has passed all expectations, not just with the music and the production, but also the reaction from the crowds which was fantastic.
‘It proved what a musical spectacle the South Coast Proms is.
‘It’s giving something back to the community and shows the people of Portsmouth what the Royal Marines bands do.’
Major Andy Thornhill, the director of music of the HMS Collingwood band, was the first conductor to lead the massed bands at the start of Saturday night’s show.
He added: ‘It was a very packed programme and it sounded great.’