Portsmouth’s Royal Marines Band set for a rousing musical premiere

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A ROUSING world premiere with a difference will be held by the city’s Royal Marines Band tomorrow evening.

The 35-strong ensemble will perform the first public rendition of a new composition showcasing a little-known town in Malaysia.

The band will present the Taiping Suite at St Mary’s Church, Fratton, from 7.30pm, in front of several dignitaries from the Malaysian Embassy in London and UK-based Malaysian residents.

Composer Paul Baker, a former Royal Marines musician now living in Taiping, will be watching and hopes the music will promote the town across the globe.

The suite’s four movements are based on Paul’s favourite locations in the town – the old market, a coffee shop, Lake Gardens public park and Maxwell Hill.

Lieutenant Colonel Nick Grace, Principal Director of Music of the Royal Marines Band Service added the music would ‘evoke vivid images’ of what life is like in Taiping.

Tickets are £7 (£6 concessions and £4 for children) and available on the door.