PERFORMERS gearing up to wow crowds at the America’s Cup World Series have spoken of their pride at being involved in the occasion.
The Portsmouth Live! entertainment programme during the four-day contest from July 23 to 26 kicks off with the South Coast Proms, led by The Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines.
It promises to be a very memorable show of the finest military music, with each night culminating in a spectacular firework final flourish.Simon Tripp, Corps Bandmaster for the Royal Marines
The ceremonial band will put on two evening concerts, each featuring two hours of classical, contemporary and military music.
And Simon Tripp, Corps Bandmaster for the Royal Marines, said musicians can’t wait to put on a stellar show.
He said: ‘The Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth and Collingwood are extremely proud to be performing this year’s biennial South Coast Proms concert as a part of the ACWS events on Southsea Common.
‘To be able to combine our concert with such a prestigious event as the America’s Cup is a great honour and exciting, especially for our younger members.
‘We are particularly pleased to present this event in our home city of Portsmouth, with its historic maritime heritage and with us being a proud part of the Royal Navy.
He added: ‘I’ve no doubt our audience will love the show which features our world famous Corps of Drums, music from many genres, soloists, vocalists and of course a finale with all the pomp and tradition seen at the Last Night of the Proms.
‘It promises to be a memorable show of the finest military music, with each night culminating in a spectacular firework final flourish.’
A regular sight at royal engagements, the band have decided to play their yearly one-off performance at the event instead of at Whale Island.
The proms will culminate with a traditional Naval Sunset Ceremony by the Royal Marines Corps of Drums and a musical firework finale.
The Saturday night will feature a concert with high-profile artists Spandau Ballet, Wet Wet Wet, McBusted and Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen.
As reported, international competitors in the cup series will soon be making their way to the city’s naval base ahead of the World Series races.
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