007 trumpet star to play with Royal Marines band

GUEST Derek Watkins
GUEST Derek Watkins
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FAMOUS trumpet player Derek Watkins is set for a one-off performance with the Royal Marines School of Music tomorrow night.

Mr Watkins who has played trumpet on the soundtracks of all 22 James Bond films, will be guest soloist at HMS Collingwood – where he is judging the school’s annual Young Musician of the Year competition.

Seven youngsters have reached the final, which will be at the Millennium Hall at the naval training establishment in Fareham.

Mr Watkins, who is soon to record for the forthcoming 007 release, Skyfall, will help judge the winning musician before joining the Royal Marines School of Music Big Band on stage for a show.

The trumpeter, who has also played on tracks for acts including The Beatles, Elton John and Tom Jones, said: ‘I’m really looking forward to it.

‘I participated in lots of big band competitions when I was a kid, but I’ve never judged one so it will be a learning curve for me.’

Major Jase Burcham, director of music training at the Royal Marines School of Music, said: ‘Not only will there be outstanding performances from some of our most talented musicians, but a rare chance to see one of our country’s greatest trumpet players performing with the big band.’ Tickets are £10 or £8 for concessions. Call (023) 9272 6181.