Royal Marines Band will play at naval film premiere

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THE Royal Marines Band are heading to the capital to perform a live film soundtrack.

The Portsmouth-based musicians will be in London on Thursday, October 16, to play at the gala screening of The Battles of Coronel and the Falklands at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank.

The 1927 documentary has been restored by historians to mark the centenary of the battles. The film focuses on the naval warfare of the First World War battles, which show tragedy then triumph for the navy.

Lieutenant Colonel Nick Grace, Royal Marines’ principal director of music, will conduct the band.

He said: ‘The Royal Marines Band Service is extremely honoured to be so heavily involved with this most poignant and historic event.

‘This is a huge undertaking for the Royal Marines Band Service as never before has a military band performed the music score for a whole feature length film, let alone perform it live at the premiere.

‘It is really quite an emotional event where 24 Royal Marine musicians will be performing music for a film depicting the First World War sea battle of 100 years ago, where 24 Royal Marine musicians perished on HMS Monmouth at the Battle of Coronel.’